Ashley Freuler earned her Doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill where she studied under an NIH funded interdisciplinary Autism Leadership Grant. She earned a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Georgia, and an M.S. in Counseling from Mercer University. Ashley has worked with children and families over the past 12 years in public school, community, and inpatient hospital settings as a mental health counselor and early intervention coordinator, and served as a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University’s Early Childhood Center while completing graduate coursework in Special Education. Ashley has most recently worked at UNC Chapel Hill as a Doctoral Research Assistant and Project Coordinator focusing on resilience within everyday routines for families with children with an Autism diagnosis and has served in the role of Adjunct Faculty while teaching graduate level course for Occupational Therapy students. Ashley lives on a homestead in Pittsboro with her husband, three boys, and menagerie of farm animals.