Cynthia Overton is a principal researcher with AIR. Throughout her 12-year career with AIR, Dr. Overton has led numerous projects and tasks designed to enhance opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities and communities of color. Her portfolio of work involves program development and implementation, research and evaluation, and accessible technology in K-12 education, higher education, and the workforce. Dr. Overton is also an expert in knowledge translation—an approach that engages consumers throughout the research process to make findings meaningful and user-friendly.
In addition to project work, Dr. Overton has been engaged with diversity and inclusion initiatives at AIR for the past 10 years. She currently serves on the AIR Diversity and Inclusion Council, and chairs Access AIR, an employee resource group focused on the interests of staff and stakeholders with disabilities. She is also past chair of AIR’s employee resource group focused on issues of importance to Black staff and allies. Dr. Overton's master's and doctoral work focused on accessible technology; she also earned a teaching credential from Eastern Michigan University, and an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate from the California State University, Northridge.