Dr. Collin Diedrich has a PhD in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a certificate in Disability Legal Studies from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and is currently a postdoctoral associate researching how HIV changes immunological responses to tuberculosis at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Diedrich has multiple learning disabilities [unspecified reading (DSM-IV 315) and learning disorders (315.9)], which means he reads between a 6th and 9th grade level and has a processing speed in the bottom 14 percentile of the population. Dr. Diedrich’s LD diagnosis from High School can be found here.
Despite these disadvantages, he was able to achieve his dream of becoming a research scientist! He now wants to make sure that people’s disabilities do not stand in their way of achieving their goals.
Dr. Diedrich is a member of the Adult Topics Committee at Learning Disabilities Association of America and is the founder and president of a new non-profit, Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania. He is a freelance writer for Understood.org, as well.
Dr. Diedrich is a passionate advocate for all people who learn differently.
Dr. Diedrich is available for speaking, writing articles, one-on-one mentorship, and workshop development.