Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Technology Innovation Development & Research (TIDR) Lab

Staff

The staff of the TIDR Lab are dedicated to developing robust applications that are usable by a range of populations (e.g., students, teachers, parents, and administrators) in variety of educational contexts. They work directly with JGCP investigators to develop tools that support large-scale implementation of evidence-based practices. As a result of decades of combined experience working with JGCP investigators, TIDR Lab developers can efficiently translate investigator concepts into prototypes, and prototypes into production-level applications. 

As a research center affiliated with the University of Kansas, TIDR Lab applications are deployed on HIPAA-compliant, enterprise-level servers that are maintained by KU IT staff. The skill sets of the TIDR Lab staff include backend or server-side development and programming (e.g., PHP, SQL, Java, Javascript), front-end application development (e.g., HTML, CSS), database development for applications and to manage large research datasets, user-interface design, and usability testing.


Jay Buzhardt, Director, TIDR Lab

Associate Research Professor, 2003 - present


Skill Set

  • Design Research Methodology
  • Usability Testing and Human-Computer Interface Design
  • Web-based Instructional Design
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Design and Implementation
  • Early Childhood Assessment

 

Ongoing Research Support

  1.  Australia Early Home Learning Project
  2. The effects of online decision making support (the MOD) for home visitors using an RTI approach to promoting the language development of at-risk infants and toddlers
  3. Experimental Evaluation of the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS) Training Program Using Video Conferencing for Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  4. Examination of the Use of a Spanish Version of the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS) Training Program with Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  5. Professional Development that is Systematic, focused on Teacher growth, Incorporates Coaching, collaboration, cohorts, and increased Knowledge to create Student Success (STICKS) Website
  6. Development of a Distance Mentorship Program to Improve Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness

 


 

Brian Cisler, Application Developer, 2018 - present


Skill Set

  • Development, maintenance and troubleshooting of web applications
  • Troubleshooting network problems related to web resources
  • Training

 

 

 

 


George Conforti, Systems Administrator, 2009 - present


Skill Set

  • IT Project Management
  • LAN and Telecommunications Administration
  • Windows Server Administration
  • IT Hardware Deployment
  • Training

 


Christine Muehe, Database Specialist, 2004 - present


Skill Set

  • Database Development and Administration
  • Data Export & Analysis
  • Documentation Creation
  • Software & Technical Support
  • Hardware Technical Support

 

Ongoing Research Support

  1. Project Engage
  2. Project EAGLE
  3. CW-FIT

 


 Shye Hou Reynolds: Software Engineer, ​1990 - 2018 (Retired)


Skill Set

  • Application Development (Windows- & Android-based platforms)

  • Web Development (WordPress)

  • Database Support

  • Software Technical Support

  • Hardware Technical Support


Bernadine Roberts: Information Specialist I, 1984 - 2017 (Retired)


Skill Set

  • Web Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Word Processing

 


 

 

 

 


What's New
Job Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA): JGCP is seeking Graduate Research Assistants. The GRAs will assist with data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and teacher-child interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry. Apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-75% FTE): JGCP 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 an intervention coach who will be responsible for coaching Early Childhood teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. Learn more and apply here

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): JGCP is seeking a GRA to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) for the next year of the project (1 year) on the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network Project. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research syntheses, and assisting with translation and dissemination of synthesis findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. He/she will also provide support to the Practice Based Research Collaborative and assist with BWG related intervention studies. The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist with the completion of project-specific tasks including maintaining the project website and creating the bi-monthly network newsletter. Apply here

Temporary Assistant Researchers: JCGP is looking for 1-2 temporary Assistant Researchers, at 50%-75% time, 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. Learn more and apply here

Student Hourly Positions: JGCP is seeking 2-4 Student Hourlies 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. Apply here

KU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 
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