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Kristen Bottema-Beutel

Program Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.



TCS Teaching, Curriculum, and Society


Kristen Bottema-Beutel (she/her) pairs qualitative and quantitative research methods to better understand autistic communication, language, and sociality, and to develop school-based strategies to support autistic students' inclusion. More recently, she has explored meta-science topics such as researcher ethics and research quality in intervention research for autistic children and youth, and ableism in autism research more generally. She is a deputy editor of the journal Autism in Adulthood and an Associate Editor of the journal Autism.

Dr. Bottema-Beutel is the director of the master's level autism certificate, a program that prepares future special educators to support autistic students, and is the director 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.

Select Grants

2022 - 2027: Co-Investigator. Sensory Project in Infant/Toddler Siblings of Children with Autism (Project SPIS). National Institutes of Health ($3,155,239). PI: Tiffany Woynaroski

2018- 2020: Principal Investigator. Developmental Relationships between Joint Engagement and Vocabulary in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. National Institutes of Health ($156,500)

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