Tamira White received her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
White is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education. Her current research interests include improving postsecondary outcomes for adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is interested in how parental expectations impact how parents prepare students for life after high school. She has been a research assistant at the Center for Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Frank Porter Graham. She helped develop a resource guide for parents and teachers on autism and depression through this endeavor. She has taught Advanced Clinical Mental Health Practices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, a master’s level course for future Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling students in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lectures on transition planning, adult services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, postsecondary education and employment options, and rehabilitation counseling.
Currently, she is a Systems Change Manager for the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. At the Council, she administers financial asset development initiatives. In addition, she is an advocate for the disability community. She has a focus on helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. She has a young adult nephew with autism, which drives her passion for a better life for him and all people with disabilities.