Postsecondary Education: Autistic College Students’ Experiences of Success (PEACES)

A research project seeking to improve postsecondary experiences and outcomes for autistic college students has concluded for 2022Data collection will resume in the Fall of 2023.

PEACES FlierSeeking Student Participants

Are YOU an autistic college student? How do YOU define success? Participate in the study by completing a survey and earn $25!  We estimate the online survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.

You can participate in this study if you meet all three of the following criteria…

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate college student
  • Identify as autistic
  • Live in the United States

About the PEACES Project

The ultimate goal of this project is to improve postsecondary experiences and outcomes for autistic college students. Our two-phase participatory research project will highlight autistic students’ definitions of success and identify key factors affecting their ability to thrive while in college. We will take a holistic approach to explore intersections between multiple domains in these students’ lives: personal, social, psychological, academic, and professional. We will build a large, diverse sample of autistic undergraduates in the United States, with a special emphasis on students who have been frequently marginalized in educational practice and scholarly research: women, racially minoritized, LGBTQ+, and community college students. These data will become the foundation for a nationwide, longitudinal, publicly-accessible database from which future scholars will conduct wide-ranging research designed to improve autistic students’ personal well-being and collegiate success.

The project is receiving financial support from the FAR Fund and the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University. This study has been approved by Florida State University’s Institutional Review Board (Study #: 00003127).


Contact lead researchers Dr. Bradley E. Cox ([email protected]) or Dr. Brett Ranon Nachman ([email protected]).

Research Team
  • Kristen Gillespie-Lynch (College of Staten Island)
  • Emily Raclaw (Marquette University)
  • Julie Lounds Taylor (Vanderbilt University)
  • Nicholas W. Gelbar (University of Connecticut)
Advisory Board
  • Lydia X. Z. Brown
  • Kelly Bron Johnson
  • Kayden Stockwell