Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Technology Innovation Development & Research (TIDR) Lab


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
  • Assistant Researcher: We are seeking a part-time to full-time Assistant Researcher for a research project that focuses on developing and implementing a coaching model for an elementary classroom management intervention. Approximately 4 school districts and 20 elementary schools with students at risk for school failure will participate in the project and contribute to the development of the program. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Graduate Research Assistant: We are seeking 1-3 graduate research assistant(s) with studies or background in applied behavioral science, special education, psychology, school psychology or related field. The primary purpose of this project is to support high-needs elementary students with the CW-FIT Program (a classroom management intervention) while building for scale and sustainability by developing a district coaching model. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a Quantitative Postdoctoral Researcher with experience that will enable them to conduct high quality behavioral, educational, and special education research in childhood settings. The goal of the training program is to prepare quantitative researchers with the collaborative and methodological skills necessary to conduct next generation of research. For more information and to apply go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdocotral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Research Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in carrying out community-engaged research to develop and implement evidence-based practices focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship.  For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
Training Opportunities
  • We will be offering a TPITOS certification training workshop in Kansas City, Kansas at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project on January 30-31, 2020.​ The TPITOS™ is a tool for ensuring that infant–toddler teachers are implementing the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children with fidelity. Email for more information or register for the workshop by clicking the link.
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