Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Dale Walker

Associate Research Professor
Primary office:
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2602
Life Span Institute
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914


Research

  • Evidence-based naturalistic language practices for promoting the communication of infants and toddlers.
  • Intervention with child care providers, teachers and parents to bridge the word gap.
  • Progress monitoring assessment and observation practices with infants and young children.
  • Measuring fidelity of intervention implementation.

Selected Grants

Ongoing Research Support
  1. UA6MC27762 - Carta, (PI), Greenwood, C. (CoPI), and Walker, D. (CoPI) - 09/01/14-08/31/16 - Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
  2. H327S140024 - Buzhardt (PI), Greenwood, C. (CoPI), and Walker, D. (CoPI) - 09-01/14-08/31/19 - Stepping Up - Implementation of IGDI technology to improve data-based decision making for infants and toddlers with or at-risk disabilities. Website
  3. H326M070005 - Walker (PI) Atwater and Bigelow (CoPI's) - 01/01/08-12/31/12 - Center for Promoting Language & Literacy Readiness in Early Childhood
  4. United Way of Wyandotte County (KCCTF) - Walker (PI) - 01/01/12-12/31/12 -Talk, Read, Play: Impact of a Collaborative Informational Campaign - website
  5. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (HRSA) - Walker (CoPI)  Bigelow (PI) - 09/30/11-09/29/15 - Kansas Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
  6. R62MC24946 - Walker (CoPI) Bigelow (PI) - 09/01/12-08/31/15 - Project Engage: Building Parents’ Capacity to Improve Child Language Outcomes
  7.  Walker (PI) Buzhardt (CoPI) - Developing and Testing a Model for the Use of Meaningful Outcome Measures for Infants and Toddlers - Website

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Assistant Researcher We are seeking one to two assistant researchers (one full-time or two part-time) for the I-Connect Plus project to provide consultation and training in the use of intervention procedures for participants (adolescents and young adults with ASD), their teachers, and service providers; facilitate recruitment, scheduling with school staff, and assist in consent and assent procedures. This researcher(s) will also provide ongoing monitoring and coaching to participants (adolescents and young adults with ASD), their teachers, and service providers in the use of the intervention, among other activities. View the full job posting and apply here
  • Student Hourly Positions We are seeking to fill student hourly positions. These students will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro area, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. View the full job posting and apply here.  
 
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An additional huge thank you to our team at the Life Span Institute on campus at KU for your help. Your work is so important to us!