Faculty Directory

Kristen Bottema-Beutel

Program Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


TCS Teaching, Curriculum, and Society


Kristen Bottema-Beutel brings to the Lynch School expertise in autism, a complex topic gaining increasing public attention. She is interested in pairing qualitative and quantitative methods to better characterize autistic communication, language, and sociality, and in developing school-based strategies to support meaningful engagement of autistic students. More recently, she has explored meta-science topics such as researcher ethics and research quality in intervention research for autistic children. She has authored numerous publications on autism and related topics, regularly presents her work nationally and internationally, and is a deputy editor of Autism in Adulthood.

Dr. Bottema-Beutel is the director of the master's level autism specialization, a program that prepares future special educators to support autistic students, and is the chair of the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction.

She earned her master’s degree from San Francisco State University and her doctorate from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Lynch School in 2013, she was the IES Postdoctoral Fellow in Special Education Intervention Research at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Special Education.

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 William T. and Helen S. Halstead Fellowship, administered by the Graduate Division, UC Berkeley
  • 2011 Institute of Human Development Graduate Student Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • 2007-2011 Special Education Leadership Preparation Fellowship, San Francisco State University
  • 2010 University Research Fellowship Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2009 Shea Family Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • 2009 Graduate Division Mentored Research Award, Alternate, UC Berkeley

Professional Activities

Director, Autism Certificate Program

Chair, Curriculum & Instruction Doctoral Advisory Committee

Deputy Editor, Autism in Adulthood