Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

Director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science, and Associate Scientist
913-321-3143, ext. 2603
  • Restricted, repetitive behaviors in autism
  • Development and evaluation of behavioral interventions
  • Identifying and disseminating evidence-based practices for young children with autism
  • Community-based research
Kathryn Bigelow, Assistant Research Professor

Kathryn Bigelow, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2623
  • Evidence-based interventions for promoting healthy child development and learning
  • Home visiting and parenting interventions
  • Promoting child communication development
  • Promoting infant-toddler social-emotional development
  • Technology to enhance evidence-based interventions
Jay Buzhardt, Associate Research Professor

Jay Buzhardt, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2617
  • Web-based Parent/Teacher Training
  • Early Childhood Data-based Decision Making
  • Usability Testing and Human-Computer Interface Design
  • Design Research Methodology
Judith J. Carta, Professor of Special Education and Senior Scientist

Judith J. Carta, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education and Senior Scientist
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2600
  • Developing evidence-based intervention practices
  • Multi-tiered systems of support to promote children's language, literacy, and social-emotional outcomes
  • Validating parenting interventions focused on vulnerable populations and their effects on young children
  • Developing tools for monitoring the progress of young children
Charles R. Greenwood, Director and Senior Scientist

Charles R. Greenwood, Ph.D.

Professor of Applied Behavioral Sciences and Senior Scientist
913 321-3143, ext. 2601
  • Community-engaged research
  • Impacts of poverty and disability on development
  • Behavioral and educational measurement
  • Behavioral and academic interventions
  • Statistical Methods
  • Technology applications
  • Research Training and Preparation
Linda Heitzman-Powell, Associate Research Professor

Linda Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2620
  • Parent-mediated functional analyses
  • ​Effective training for foster parent community
  • Evidence-based interventions for parents and early childhood educators
  • Web-based Parent/Teacher Training
  • Use of technology of enhancing evidence-based interventions
Dwight Irvin, Assistant Research Professor

Dwight Irvin, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext 2624
  • Speech and location technology in early intervention
  • Social-emotional development in young children with disabilities
  • Statistical methods & research design

Alana Schnitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913-321-3143
  • Developing evidenced-based interventions
  • Coaching parents and teachers to increase use of evidenced based practices
  • Social-emotional development of young children
  • Measurement, Research Design, and Methodology of young children who are at-risk for or have disability diagnoses
Barbara Terry, Assistant Research Professor

Barbara Terry, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2616
  • Professional development training for early childhood educators and paraprofessionals
  • Strategies for developing early language and literacy skills
  • Peer tutoring strategies for pre-school and early elementary students
  • Academic intervention strategies and program monitoring

Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2619
  • Classroom-based interventions for children with autism
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communications using the IPad
  • Peer-mediated social interventions and teacher implementation
  • Early assessment of social communication and joint attention
Dale Walker, Associate Research Professor

Dale Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2602
  • 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.
Howard Wills, Associate Research Professor

Howard Wills, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2618
  • Evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions for students with challenging behavior.
  • Development and evaluation of multi-tiered systems of support and classroom management interventions.
  • Technology based self-monitoring to support children and adults with disabilities. 
  • Community-engaged research utilizing single-case and randomized control group designs.
Jane Atwater, Retired Assistant Research Professor

Jane Atwater, Ph.D. (Retired)

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2624
Debra Kamps, Associate Director and Senior Scientist

Debra Kamps , Ph.D. (Retired)

Senior Scientist, Emeritus
  • Evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Positive behavior supports and classroom management intervention
  • Effective instruction and cooperative learning strategies
  • Peer mediated interventions to promote social-communication development
  • Technology to enhance interventions for children and adults with disabilities

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