Erik Carter, Professor of Special Education

Erik Carter, Professor of Special Education


Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion and valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Carter worked as a high school teacher and transition specialist. He has published widely in the areas of educational and transition services for children and youth with disabilities, including nearly 200 articles and chapters as well as 6 books. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, the Early Career Award from the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Patricia L. Sitlington Research in Transition Award from the Division on Career Development and Transition, the Research Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Young Professional Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. He is co-Editor of Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals and Associate Editor for Exceptional Children, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, and Journal of Religion and Disability.

Erik is an active member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and invests in collaborative partnerships across the university, state, and country. He lives outside of Nashville with his wife and three children.

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