Dr. Emily Hotez is a developmental psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. She is also the Research Director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (UC-LEND) program. Dr. Hotez’s research focuses on autistic individuals' experiences of lifelong stigma and marginalization across interpersonal, educational, and healthcare contexts. Dr. Hotez received her B.A. in psychology from George Washington University and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. As a sister of an autistic adult, she is committed to research that ameliorates disparities for individuals with disabilities from a neurodiversity perspective.