Kiely Law joined the Simons Foundation in 2020 to direct the research operations of SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research). She oversees the development and implementation of strategies to engage, recruit and retain study participants.
Since 2005, Law has focused on engaging people with autism and communities in all aspects of the research process. She was the founding research director of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the first project to pioneer large-scale, Internet-mediated, community-driven research in autism. In addition to her role at SPARK, she continues to promote local and national participant-centered research initiatives through the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Law holds a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is affiliate faculty at the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Law’s professional interests and pursuits are motivated by her personal experiences as the caregiver of an adult son with autism. As a caregiver-advocate, she has served on a number of national advisory boards including the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORnet) Steering Committee.