Kristy Anderson

Credentials: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020, MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012; BA, Truman State University, 2009


A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
Drexel University
3020 Market St. Suite 506
Philadelphia, PA 19104-37341

Curriculum Vitae

Kristy Anderson is a Research Associate at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute and current PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also serves as a BSW adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Connecticut. Kristy has been actively involved in several research projects including implementation science studies, qualitative research and studies that rely on large population-based datasets. Her research focuses broadly on economic well-being, life course transitions, and evidence-based practices. She has authored peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of topics including housing transitions, financial needs, and youth goals and expectations. According to metrics on google scholar, Kristy’s work has been cited more than 190 times and has an h-index of 10. She has also served as the Principle Investigator of for an OAR funded research study that examines Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients on the autism spectrum. Kristy’s research is informed by several years of experience working in the disability field. At the St. Louis Arc, she directed large-scale evaluation project that involved over 150 individuals with development and intellectual disabilities. Findings from this evaluation facilitated new organizational strategies to improve outcomes in vocational and community-based settings.

autism; disability; poverty; social welfare policy

Anticipated graduation:
December 2020

Safety net program use among households of children with autism