Kiely Law, is cofounder and research director of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), a participant-powered research initiative focused on improving the lives of children and adults with ASD. Since its launch in 2006 at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, IAN has engaged more than 50,000 individuals in ASD research on community-led topics, such as child development and safety, youth transition to adulthood, and maternal health and well-being. Law is responsible for developing and implementing IAN’s research activities and other program initiatives. She is the lead principal investigator of IAN’s award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and a member of the PCORnet Engagement Committee.
Law’s interest in autism extends beyond her professional life. In 1996, her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through shared experiences with other families, Law recognized the unique value of information collected directly from those living with the struggles and triumphs of autism every day. Children and adults with ASD, along with parents and siblings, play a key role in moving ASD research forward.
Law received her medical and public health training at Johns Hopkins University. She is a research associate in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an affiliate faculty member of the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.