Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Howard Wills

Associate Research Professor
Primary office:
913 321-3143, ext. 2618
Life Span Institute
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914


  • 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.

Selected Publications

Selected Grants

Ongoing Research Support

  1. R324A160279 - Wills, H. (PI) Mason (CoPI) - 07/01/16-06/30/19 - Intervention Teams (CW-FIT-MS) Improving Academic Engagement and Outcomes for Middle School Students.
  2. H133A130032 - D. Kamps (PI), H. Wills (CoPI),  R. Mason (CoPI), L. Heitzman-Powell (CoPI), J. Buzhardt (CoPI), and B. Mason (CoPI) - 10/01/13-09/30/18 - I-CONNECT Plus.
  3. H327A100082 - Wills (PI) Kamps (CoPI) - 10/01/10-09/30/13 -  I-Connect: Web-based Solutions to Self-management and Support Connections for High School Students with Learning or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders - Website
  4. R324A120344 - Wills (PI) Kamp (CoPI) - 07/01/12-06/30/17 - A Multi-Site Efficacy Trial of the Class-wide Function-related Intervention Teams “CW-FIT CROSS SITE”: A Research to Practice Agenda for Students with and At Risk for EBD
  5. H133G090136 - Wills (CoPI) Kamps (PI) - 03/01/10-02/28/15 - Postdoctoral Special Education Research Training in Urban Communities: A Research to Practice Model

Outgoing Research Support

  1. R324A090283 - Wills and Buzhardt (CoPI's) Linas (PI) - 07/01/09-06/30/13 - Professional Development that is Systematic, focused on Teacher growth, Incorporates Coaching, collaboration, cohorts, and increased Knowledge to create Student Success (STICKS) Website
  2. R324C080006 - Wills (PI) Kamps (CoPI) - 07/01/08-06/30/13 - National Research and Development Center on Serious Behavior Disorders at the Secondary Level

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Research Engineer (App Developer): We are seeking a full-time Research Engineer to design, implement, and maintain web and mobile applications. Existing applications at JGCP include learning management systems, web apps that support management of child assessment data, graphing, reporting, and data-driven decision making, and mobile apps to support parent-teacher communication and student self-management. As a member of JGCP’s Technology Innovation, Development & Research (TIDR) lab, the programmer will work with multiple internal research teams to develop new applications and maintain existing applications. View the full 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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