Kathryn (Kathy) Szechy came to the PhD program after more than 20 years of clinical social work practice in Canada and the U.S. She has practiced in child, adolescent, and adult mental health settings, and in school social work. She is currently a PhD Candidate and has taught courses in the advanced year MSW program. Szechy is coauthor on several publications on topics related to social work practice, child development, substance misuse and mental health. Her research interests include challenges surrounding the transition to adulthood for individuals on the autism spectrum, including post-secondary education and employment. She is also interested in the intersection of disability and social, racial, and economic disadvantage, Szechy is active in the College Autism Network Virtual Association of Scholars and participates in the early career mentorship program of the International Society for Autism Research. She is the principal investigator for the Wayne State University Supports and Services for Success in Post-Secondary Education study for students with disabilities.