As an EDC researcher, Ariana Riccio’s work focuses on curriculum development, maker education, and transitions to employment and higher education for adolescents and young adults. Her research relates to improving resources and programming for autistic youth and those with other developmental disabilities.

Riccio is particularly committed to participatory research design. She conducted her doctoral work alongside autistic researchers and community members, and she strives to include autistic voices and expertise in all her work. Riccio brings her expertise in participatory research and developmental psychology to EDC and employs participatory methods and collaborative co-design across her projects.

Riccio holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) and a BS in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University.