Chynna Golding is a research assistant at the Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders Institute. Chynna is passionate about science that preserves and enhances the community's quality of life through research and advocacy and is excited for a career that aims to eliminate health disparities by transforming policy and innovating technology to strategically create social environments where physical and economic conditions allow for enhanced quality of life. Chynna has done legislative work on Capitol Hill and at the Georgia State Capitol with focus areas that include healthcare, civil rights, transportation, education, as well as science and technology. Chynna worked with Autism Speaks in the policy and advocacy divisions lobbying for autism adjacent policy including the Affordable Care Act, ABLE Act, Autism CARES Act, and wandering legislation such as Avonte's law in an effort to initiate legislative initiatives that would improve education, safety and employment opportunities for individuals with autism while working with Congress to ensure that funding is invested in research and policies relevant to the ASD community.
In addition to her advocacy work, Chynna's Autism Speaks experience includes heavy involvement with the 2015 Autism Speaks Summit and the ongoing transition town hall series; the town hall series was an initiative that aims to address the resource gap as individuals on the spectrum transition from adolescence to adulthood in college, Chynna worked in Kennesaw State University Brain Lab where she studied the development of impactful solutions to brain-computer interfaces in relation to quality for life and health disparities. Her research and program interests include public health efforts that preserve and enhance community health outcomes, as well as the elimination of health disparities in the community through research, advocacy, and policy.