Maureen is a graduate student in Nursing at the University of Connecticut. She obtained her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Regis College and her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has worked as a nurse in long-term care and acute care settings and has worked in a GI/Hepatology specialty unit as well as in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She is interested in researching the experience of patients and family members with autism spectrum disorders who are admitted to the hospital, as well as how best to perform care for them. In the future, she plans on working as a Neurological/Neurosurgical Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and apply her LEND training to help her better care for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.