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, 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 Greenwood, Ph.D.

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.

Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2619
  • Classroom-based interventions for children with autism
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communications 
  • 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

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Assistant Researcher: We are seeking a part-time to full-time Assistant Researcher for a research project that focuses on developing and implementing a coaching model for an elementary classroom management intervention. Approximately 4 school districts and 20 elementary schools with students at risk for school failure will participate in the project and contribute to the development of the program. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Graduate Research Assistant: We are seeking 1-3 graduate research assistant(s) with studies or background in applied behavioral science, special education, psychology, school psychology or related field. The primary purpose of this project is to support high-needs elementary students with the CW-FIT Program (a classroom management intervention) while building for scale and sustainability by developing a district coaching model. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Research Project Coordinator: Seeking a part-time to full-time Research Project Coordinator for a research project that focuses on developing and implementing a coaching model for an elementary classroom management intervention. Approximately 4 school districts and 20 elementary schools with students at risk for school failure will participate in the project and contribute to the development of the program. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a Quantitative Postdoctoral Researcher with experience that will enable them to conduct high quality behavioral, educational, and special education research in childhood settings. The goal of the training program is to prepare quantitative researchers with the collaborative and methodological skills necessary to conduct next generation of research. For more information and to apply go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdocotral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Research Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in carrying out community-engaged research to develop and implement evidence-based practices focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship.  For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
Training Opportunities
  • We will be offering a TPITOS certification training workshop in Kansas City, Kansas at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project on January 30-31, 2020.​ The TPITOS™ is a tool for ensuring that infant–toddler teachers are implementing the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children with fidelity. Email tpitos-jgcp@ku.edu for more information.
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