Claudia Wallis has enjoyed a long career as a writer and editor for TIME Magazine, specializing in news about health, science, education and social trends affecting American families. She is the author of 40 cover stories, including such iconic covers as “The Science of Happiness”, “Secrets of the Teen Brain”, “Inside the Autistic Mind”, “Evolution Wars” and “Attention Deficit Disorder”, which, like her earlier cover story on cholesterol, was a National Magazine Award finalist.
Her work has won awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the National Mental Health Association, the Educational Press Association, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, among other organizations. Wallis, who is married and the mother of three, was the founding editor of TIME For Kids magazines, which reach 4 million school children. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, Parade, Rolling Stone and CNN.com. She has made multiple appearances on national news shows including Good Morning America, the Today Show and Charlie Rose.
The Autism Project: This exploration of autism and, in particular, its treatment, was supported by a Spencer Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. According to a 2001 report by the National Research Council, “Education… is currently the primary form of treatment for autism spectrum disorders.” Thus, this project focuses on educational interventions, as opposed to diet, drugs or medical procedures. The goal is to shed some badly needed light on what works to improve the lives of children with autism. Along the way, this site includes additional information on the nature of autism, its rising prevalence, new findings and controversies.