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Spectrum: Autism Research News


Rebecca Horne

Art Director

Rebecca oversees and directs Spectrum‘s multimedia operations and commissions illustrations, photography, videos and other multimedia content.

Prior to joining the team, Rebecca was photography director and photography editor for Discover magazine and The Wall Street Journal, where she won several awards for her work. Originally from California, she has also served as an art producer at the advertising agency Addison Design, a photography producer at Airbnb and the multimedia app Storehouse. She has also taught photography at the California College of the Arts and Rutgers University, and has written on art and science for Wired, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Nautilus and others.

Rebecca has an M.F.A. from Rutgers University.

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November 2022
Sepia toned photo of Grunya Sukhareva in 1928

From the archives: Rare photos of Grunya Sukhareva

by  /  7 November 2022

Recently uncovered images show the famous Soviet child psychologist in the clinic and training colleagues.

October 2022
Illustration of a researcher discussing a document with policymakers.

Five tips for translating research findings into smart public policy

by  /  11 October 2022

Researchers can maximize the impact of their results by engaging policymakers more effectively.

August 2022
Illustration of a woman speaking. What she is saying is represented by shapes in a speech bubble, which appears over a sheet of writing.

Novel protocol captures autism voices across the spectrum

by  /  17 August 2022

Interview techniques that cater to a range of communication abilities can elicit the perspectives of autistic youth with cognitive and verbal challenges.

July 2020
Pen and ink drawings by a father and daughter in a. sketchbook

On the same page: Divorce, drawing, and parenting an autistic child

by  /  28 July 2020

Shared sketch books chart a father-daughter relationship over time and provide a valuable outlet for self-regulating emotions.

January 2020
boy falls asleep eating cereal, and dreams of the moon

What’s the connection between autism and sleep?

by  /  20 January 2020

For many people with autism, a good night’s sleep is an elusive thing.

December 2019

Photographer captures intimate scenes of daily life with autism

by  /  23 December 2019

An award-winning photography series offers a close look at one autistic person coming of age in New York City.

December 2018

Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.


How to design spaces for people with autism

by  /  11 December 2018

Architects are working with schools to create welcoming, versatile spaces for students on the spectrum.

November 2017
girl falling through the sky with bed, hat, pillow and teddy bear

Family circus starring child with autism runs all night

by  /  13 November 2017

Erin, a girl with autism, stayed awake talking, singing and playing acrobat — but not sleeping — for about four years.

May 2017

Artist with autism captures personalities on paper

by  /  16 May 2017

Nicole Appel, a young woman with autism, draws — from memory — detailed portraits of people she knows.