Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement
Charles R. Greenwood, Director and Senior Scientist

Charles R. Greenwood, Ph.D.

Professor of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Director of Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, 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
Debra Kamps, Associate Director and Senior Scientist

Debra Kamps , Ph.D.,

Associate Director, and Senior Scientist
(913) 321-3143, ext. 2603
  • 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
Kathleen Baggett, Associate Research Professor

Kathleen Baggett, PhD.

Associate Research Professor
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2625
  • Early childhood social-emotional health and development promotion
  • Implementing and disseminating effective community infant-toddler mental health promotion practices
  • Tele-health and web-based remote coaching intervention/professional development for parents, home visitors, early intervention specialists, early education teachers, and community child care providers
  • Early social-emotional and parent-child interaction assessment and progress-monitoring
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
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
Ben Mason, Assistant Research Professor

Ben Mason, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2674
  • School-based academic and behavioral interventions
  • School-wide improvement tools and measures
  • Teacher-student relationship quality
  • Self-monitoring interventions
  • Bias in measurement
Rose Mason, Assistant Research Professor

Rose Mason, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2621
  • Strategies for promoting implementation of evidence-based practices for students with autism
  • Research-practitioner partnerships
  • Identification of efficient training methods for teachers, paraprofessionals and other service providers of individuals with challenging behaviors and autism
  • Use of technology to support transition and independence of individuals with autism 
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
Jane Atwater, Retired Assistant Research Professor

Jane Atwater, Ph.D. (Retired)

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2624

JGCP's 50th Anniversary

Juniper Gardens celebrates 50 years.

  • Proclamation issued by Wyandotte County's Mayor Mark Holland honors Juniper Gardens Children's Project for over 50 years of service in the community.
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