professional portrait Collette Sosnowy is an Assistant Research Professor in the Life Course Outcomes Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. She has extensive experience in qualitative research and program evaluation in the areas of community and public health, and educational technology, as well as a background in higher education and professional writing.

Dr. Sosnowy earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2013, where her academic research focused on health information and social media, specifically how laypersons develop medical expertise and use social media to share and build knowledge. She credits her interdisciplinary training for building her well-rounded, participatory, and translational approach to research.

Her work in higher education includes undergraduate teaching at Sarah Lawrence, Hunter, and Brooklyn Colleges; writing pedagogy; curriculum development; faculty training and support; and facilitating workshops on writing and new media.

She also has a background in journalism, which is where she initially developed a passion for writing, research, and telling stories. She was raised in Maine, misses the trees, and visits as often as she can.

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