Paul Cavanagh is the Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Research for the NYIT Vocational Independence Program in Central Islip, NY. He has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for over thirty years. Prior to joining NYIT, Dr. Cavanagh served as an assistant professor at Seton Hall University. He taught in the master’s of public administration and the master’s of healthcare administration programs.

Dr. Cavanagh previously served as the Executive Director for the Vincentian Service Corps, an AmeriCorps affiliate. He also served as the Coordinator of Advocacy Services for AHRC-NYC. He has taught as an adjunct professor in schools of social work at Columbia, Fordham, Adelphi, and New York University. His research focuses on identifying the outcomes of comprehensive transition programs that predict success for individuals with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. With Dr. Ernst VanBergeijk, the Associate Dean of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, his writing has focused on the post-secondary educational options for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including changes in federal law supporting the growth of those options. Dr. Cavanagh earned his MSW from Stony Brook University, and his MS and a PhD from Columbia University.