Assistant Professor of Special Education
622B Harrington Office Building
Dr. Carly Blustein Gilson is an assistant professor of special education in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is the founding faculty director of Aggie ACHIEVE, an inclusive postseconsary education program and a comprehensive transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Gilson provides oversight for the Aggie ACHIEVE staff and leads the research and long-term vision for the program. She is the Principal Investigator of the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) model demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Education (Cohort 3, 2020-2025).
She received her Ph.D. in special education from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include preparing adolescents and young adults with IDD for integrated employment and inclusive higher education; supporting individuals and families through school-to-work transition; and equipping strong educational team collaborations among secondary special education teachers and paraprofessionals. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Gilson worked as a special education teacher in Atlanta.
Dr. Gilson teaches courses in the special education undergraduate program and graduate programs. She is currently accepting doctoral students for fall 2022.