Dr. Laura Grofer Klinger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also the Executive Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program. She is a clinical psychologist committed to community-based care and methods to support the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings.
Her current research is focused on identifying and supporting service needs for individuals from young adulthood through aging. She is the Principal Investigator of two clinical trials examining the effectiveness of a community college program for adolescents and young adults with ASD, the TEACCH School Transition to Employment, and Post-Secondary Education (T-STEP) Program.
She is also conducting a longitudinal study examining outcomes related to employment, quality of life, and aging in 25-60-year-old adults with ASD who were served by TEACCH during childhood.