Kimberly Blackshear joined the Center for Child and Family in January 2018 as dissemination and outreach coordinator for the Duke Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), a five-year program studying connections between autism and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In this role, Blackshear connects the ACE Center to the broader community by engaging individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families, practitioners, scientists, and policymakers.
Blackshear translates scientific findings and disseminates developed materials directly to the community via events, forums, awareness campaigns and social media. Through this community engagement, Blackshear strives to promote two-way communication between the community members and researches involved in the ACE Center.
Previously, Blackshear served as a network liaison and affiliate program coordinator for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, a bicoastal SAMHSA grant at both Duke University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Urbana University.