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


Summary

Research

  • 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 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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