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Meet Professor Helen Young
Meet Professor Helen Young

Helen Young, EdD, is the director of the Autism Training and Research Center in the Special Education Department at Portland State University. She teaches graduate courses in research design and is the faculty adviser for the autism focus area. She also teaches courses in the PSU Autism Certificate Program that prepares educators to use research-based information and instructional strategies to more effectively educate children with autism.

From 1998 to 2009 she served as the project coordinator for the Autism Outcome Study and Regional Programs Autism Training Sites (RPATS) project. This collaborative project between PSU, regional programs, and the Oregon Department of Education provides training and support to educators and parents, and monitors the educational progress of children with autism.

She is the principal investigator and project director for the CAPSTAR Project, a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences research grant that studies the effects of a program for young children with autism. She is also the co-director of The Futures Project, a U.S. Department of Education Personnel Preparation grant that prepares students to use research-based teaching strategies to improve progress for students with significant disabilities, including autism.


Helen Young, Ed.D.
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Autism Training and Research Center
Special Education
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Fax: 503-725-5599