About the Work Group on Autism Research and Training

K-CART Affiliated Research Faculty and Staff


The Kansas Center for Research and Training initiative has drawn more than 40 faculty members from across the University of Kansas, Kansas University Medical Center and other KU research groups – all with research interests and/or clinical practices in Autism Spectrum Disorders and from a range of disciplines and departments including cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, and behavioral, clinical and developmental psychology, special education, occupational and speech therapy. Additionally, the group includes two faculty members who are also attorneys with distinguished histories of representing the interests of families with children with disabilities. Another asset is KUMC’s Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, a regional resource engaged in activities at the forefront of neuroscientific endeavor and also a K-CART affiliate.

* Executive Planning Committee Members

Name Affiliation Research/Training Area/Roles Personal Profile
Baggett, Kathleen Associate Research Professor, KU Life Span Institute, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project Parent-child interaction, early intervention and assessment Profile
Brady, Nancy Associate Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing, KU Pre-linguistic communication, milieu teaching, Fragile X Profile
Carlson, Susan Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition, KU Medical Center Developmental nutrition Profile
Carta, Judy Professor, Special Education, Senior Scientist, KU Life Span Institute, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project Lead family advisory group Profile
Colombo, John Director, KU Life Span Institute and Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research; Professor, Psychology, KU Neuroscience Profile
Daniels, Debby Clinical Associate Professor, Hearing and Speech, KU Medical Center Pre-service, outreach training Profile
Dozier, Claudia Associate Professor, Applied Behavioral Science, KU Pre-service, Applied Behavioral Sciences services Profile
Dunn, Winnie Professor/Chairperson, Occupational Therapy Education, KU Medical Center Occupational therapy Profile
Ellerbeck, Kathy Interim Director, Center for Child Health and Development, KU Medical Center; Co-Director, Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training Biomedical research; diagnostics Profile
Heitzman-Powell, Linda Associate Research Professor, KU Life Span Institute, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project Clinical, Applied Behavioral Analysis, training Profile
Hodgesmith, Martha Associate Director, KU Life Span Institute, Research and Training Center on Independent Living Community agencies, legal issues Profile
Horn, Eva Professor, Special Education, KU Pre-service training, early education Profile
Kamps, Debra Associate Director and Senior Scientist, KU Life Span Institute Juniper Gardens Children’s Project; Director, Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training School-based services, training Profile
LeBlanc, Judy Professor Emerita, Applied Behavioral Science, KU Training, family support, center administration Profile
Mayo, Liliano Adjunct Associate Professor, Applied Behavioral Science, KU; Director, Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú, Lima, Peru Training, family support, center administration Profile
McCart, Amy Associate Research Professor, KU Life Span Institute, SWIFT Center, Director of Technical Assistance Positive Behavior Support, school-based support Profile
Palmer, Susan Research Professor, KU Life Span Institute, KU Center on Developmental Disabilities Transition to adult life, assistive technology Profile
Perrin, Nan Director, Early Childhood Autism Program, Community Living Opportunities Early intervention, Applied Behavioral Science
Rinner, Louann Occupational Therapist and LEND Training Coordinator, KU Medical Center, Center for Child Health and Development Outreach training Profile
Sack, Sara Senior Scientist, KU Life Span Institute at Parsons Assistive technology Profile
Saunders, Kathryn Senior Scientist, KU Life Span Institute at Parsons Pre-service, Applied Behavioral Analysis services Profile
Savage, Cary John H. Wineinger Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Director, Center for Health Behavior Neuroscience, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning strategies Profile
Sherman, James Professor, Applied Behavioral Science, KU Applied Behavioral Analysis services, early childhood intervention Profile
Simpson, Richard Professor, Special Education, KU Pre-service training, school-based services Profile
Summers, Jean Ann Research Professor, Research and Training Center for Independent Living, KU Life Span Institute Parent support, advocacy Profile
Thiemann-Bourque, Kathy Associate Research Professor, KU Life Span Institute, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project Outreach training; research Profile
Thompson, Barbara Associate Professor, Special Education, KU Pre-service, early childhood Profile
Underwood, Danielle Senior Research Assistant, Institute for Human Development, University of Missouri-Kansas City Parent, family supports, advocacy
Warren, Steven Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing speech and language Profile
Wegner, Jane Director, Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Augmentative and Alternative Communication, ASD Profile
Wehmeyer, Michael Professor, Special Education, KU; Director, Beach Center on Disability and KU Center on Developmental Disabilities Administrative support, transition to work and adult life; assistive technology Profile
Young, Phyllis Parent Educator, Center for Child Health and Development, KU Medical Center Parent, family supports, advocacy Profile


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