Our Team

Lauren Bishop, MSW, PhD

Position title: Principal Investigator

Email: lebishop@wisc.edu

Bishop is an assistant professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, principal investigator at the Waisman Center, and faculty affiliate with the Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for the Demography of Health and Aging, and the Center for Aging Research and Evaluation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on helping adults with autism spectrum disorder live long, healthy, and self-determined lives in their communities. She is currently conducting some of the first US studies of health problems in older adulthood for autistic individuals. Her social work practice experience includes roles as a school counselor and a social skills group leader for children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Bishop is also broadly interested in identifying strategies to strengthen the social work workforce that assists individuals with developmental disabilities in the community.

You can also visit Dr. Bishop’s School of Social Work bio page for an updated copy of her CV or see her musings on research and life in academia on Twitter @Dr.LaurenBishop

Kiley McLean, MSW, MSEd

Position title: Doctoral Candidate

Email: kjmclean@wisc.edu

Kiley McLean is a doctoral candidate entering her fourth year in the social welfare PhD program at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. Kiley has been a part of the AHEADD Team for the past three years and has contributed to the LEND Outcomes, Health and Healthcare in Autistic Adults, and How Autistic Adults use Money to Live studies. She has years of experience in practice, as a DSP and special educator, and in policy working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She is currently one of the head coaches of the East Madison Special Olympics team. She has a passion for improving disability policy, through research, teaching, and advocacy, and her dissertation will be focused on advancing knowledge in Medicaid policy in Wisconsin.

You can also visit Kiley McLean’s School of Social Work bio page for an updated copy of her CV or follow her on twitter @KileyJMcLean for her thoughts on doctoral life and disability policy.

Meghan Haas, MSW

Position title: Doctoral Researcher

Meghan Haas is a first-year doctoral student in the PhD Social Welfare Program at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. Meghan has worked with individuals with disabilities for many years through different experiences such as Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and through providing respite care. She has always had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and is excited to further develop her passion by working with the AHEADD team. Meghan is particularly interested in individuals with autism and down syndrome and the transition after high school to adulthood for these individuals.