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 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

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Research Project Coordinator: Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP) is seeking to hire a Research Project Coordinator to manage early childhood research and technology development activities. Activities to be coordinated include development of web and mobile applications, as well as research activities such as administration of child assessments in centers and/or families’ homes. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Postdoctoral Researchers (Early Intervention): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting 2 postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in designing, implementing and disseminating research carried out while developing evidence-based practices with community partners focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship. Postdoctoral researchers will learn and develop new advances in the prevention and intervention of learning and behavior problems in young children. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Student Hourly (Data Collectors): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking 4-10 student hourly employees who 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, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant Researchers (Literacy Coaches): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice-Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking four part-time (50% - 75% FTE)  intervention coaches who will be responsible for coaching EC teachers in the Kansas City Metro area and in Lawrence, KS in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Graduate Research Assistant: The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP: www.jgcp.ku.edu) is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at 50% – 75% FTE. The GRA would join a research team that is developing and testing technology to promote data-driven intervention decision making practices by practitioners serving infants and toddlers with or at-risk for disabilities. These decision-making practices are informed by practitioners use of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for Infants and Toddlers (www.igdi.ku.edu).For information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant/Associate Research Professor - Statistician: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Research Professor with statistical skills to work in a team environment on a range of educational and applied research projects. For more information and to apply, click here.  KU is an EO/AAE
 
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