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
  • Postdoctoral Researcher: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is interested in developing expertise in behavioral interventions and outcome measures for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Research Project Coordinator: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire a Research Project Coordinator to manage early childhood research and development activities. The coordinator will monitor and support research and development activities, ensuring that projects achieve milestones on time. Activities to be coordinated include development of web and mobile applications, as well as research activities such as adminsitration of child assessments in centers and or families' homes. For more information and to apply, click here. KU 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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