Karen Ward, Ed.D.

Center for Human Development
University of Alaska Anchorage
2702 Gambell Street
Suite 103
Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Phone: 907-272-8270
Email: afkmw@uaa.alaska.edu
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Last Updated: November 13, 2017

 

Leadership: UCEDD Director
LEND Director
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
Interdisciplinary
 
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
 
Research: Interventions for sexual offenders with developmental disabilities, crime victims with disabilities; self employment and people with disabilities
Education: Paraprofessional training; distance delivery
Service: Affordable Housing

Vita/Bio

KAREN M. WARD
University of Alaska Anchorage
Center for Human Development-A University Center for Excellence in disAbilities-
2702 Gambell St., Suite 103, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Telephone: 272-8270; Fax: 274-4802
E-mail: afkmw@uaa.alaska.edu



Education
1/87 Ed.D. Higher and Postsecondary Education
Specialty: Training & Development
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

7/75 M.A. Counseling
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

5/73 B.A. Sociology/Social Work
Moravian College
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Employment
10/94-Present-Center for Human Development: University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
University of Alaska Anchorage-Director with rank of Professor, Psychology-Development and implementation of interdisciplinary training, applied research, community service development/ information dissemination in the area of disabilities. Courses taught include child development, community psychology, strategies of behavior change, and field experience. Annual budget $5 million; management of an average of 20 federal and state contracts.

1/85-9/94-Alaska Specialized Education and Training Services, Inc.-Anchorage, Alaska-Executive Director-Overall operation of non-profit agency providing vocational, residential, and case management services for persons with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and dual diagnosis.

11/79-10/81- Alaska Specialized Education and Training Services, Inc.-
Anchorage, Alaska-Program Director

Education Materials
Ward, K. M. (1998). Person Centered Planning and Collaborative Teams: Student Handbook and accompanying video. University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development: University Affiliated Program.

Ward, K., Kassier, M. & Ryan, K (1997). Introduction to Service Provision Student Handbook and accompanying instructional videos. University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development: University Affiliated Program.

Ward, K., & Ryan, K. (1997). Positive behavior supports: Student workbook. University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development: University Affiliated Program.

Wilcox, D.A., Ward, K.M., & Knox, C.J. (1992). Supported employment: employment specialist manual and Supported employment: master trainer manual. Anchorage, AK: University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development: University Affiliated Program.

Selected Publications

Bosek, R. L., & Ward, K. M. (2003). Community-Based Support Services for Women who Exhibit High-Risk Sexual Behavior. NADD Bulletin, 6(1), 3-7.

Dowrick, P & Ward, K. (1997). Video Feed Forward in the Support of a Man with Intellectual Disability and Inappropriate Sexual Behavior. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 22(3), 147-160.

Ward, K.M. (1996). School-based Vocational Training. In L.A. Kurtz, P.W. Dowrick, S.E. Levy, M.L. Batshaw (Eds.), Handbook of developmental disabilities: Resources for interdisciplinary care (pp. 237 - 248). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen.

Ward, K.M. & Bosek, R.L. (2004). Listening to Women’s Voices: Risk Reduction in Community Settings. TASH Connections, 30(7/8), 23 –25.

Ward, K. M., Bosek, R. L., & Wilts, M. S. (2004). Behavioral Risk Management: Supporting Males who Exhibit High-Risk Sexual Behavior. NADD International Congress V Proceedings-Evidence Based Practices/Practice Based Evidence in Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities. National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD), USA.

Ward, K.M., Dowrick, P.W., & Weyland, A. (1993). Job Coach Follow-Along Activities: Analysis and Recommendations. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 21 (2), 36-51.

Ward, K.M. & McGlone, M. (1987). Supported Employment: Transitioning Clients and Staff from a Sheltered Workshop Environment to Integrated Community Employment. New Directions, 8 (3), 1-6.

Ward, K. M., Trigler, J. S. & Pfeiffer, K. T. (2001). Community Services, Issues and Gaps for Individuals who Exhibit Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors. Mental Retardation, 39(1), 11-19.

Ward, K. M., Trigler, J. S. (2001). Reflections on Participatory Action Research with People with Developmental Disabilities. Mental Retardation, 39(1), 57 - 59.

Ward, K., Ward, G., Ross, B., Rehmann, R. (1998). Planning for Systems Change in Alaska. Impact, 11 (2), 20. University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, Research and Training Center on Community Living. Minneapolis: Minnesota.

Ward, K. & Ryan, K. (1998). Going the Distance: DSP Training in Alaska. Frontline Initiative Newsletter, 2 (3), 8. Minneapolis: Minnesota.

Ward, K. M. & Bosek, R. L. (2002). Behavioral Risk Management: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities who Exhibit Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 27(1), 27-42.

Wilcox, D.A., Dowrick, P.W., & Ward, K.M. (2001). Effectiveness of a Model for Training Direct Service Personnel in Rural and Remote Locations. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 26(4), 311-323.

Selected Evaluation/ Technical Reports

Cunninham, P, Madigan, R., Mann, C. & Ward, K (2003). The 2002 Social Services Job Survey. Final report. University of Alaska Anchorage.

Madigan, R, Cunningham, P, & Ward, K (1997). 1995 Social Services Job Survey. Final report. University of Alaska Anchorage.

Ward, K (2005). Employment Barriers Survey Report: Working Disabled Medicaid Buy-In Program Recipients. Center for Human Development, Anchorage, AK.

Ward, K (2006). Alaskan Teacher Aides, Regular Education and Special Teachers: Recruitment Patterns, Training Resources, and Job Satisfaction. Center for Human Development, Anchorage, AK

Ward, K, King, C, Lamar, R, Tarcy, D. & Wappett, M. ( 2005). Personal Assistance Services Consumer Survey. Center for Human Development, Anchorage, AK

Ward, K, Moran, P., Carter, J. Deaux. E., Livey, J. (2005). The Evolution and Outcome of the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network Telemedicine Project. Center for Human Development, Anchorage, AK

Ward, K. & Trimble, E. (2006). TBI Survivor and Family Satisfaction Survey Results. Center for Human Development, Anchorage, AK

Warwick, A. & Ward, K (2005). Employment Barriers Survey Report: Working-Aged Medicaid Recipients with Disabilities. Center for Human Development, Anchorage, AK

Selected Presentations
October 2004
Supporting People with High Risk Sexual Behaviors – invited speaker. TEAM Rehab Conference. Eugene Oregon.

March 2003
Behavioral Risk Management: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities who Display High-Risk Sexual Behaviors – Presentation. Ninth National and Second International Conference on the Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities. Riverside, CA

December 2002
Behavioral Risk Management: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities who Display High-Risk Sexual Behaviors – Presentation. TASH Conference, Boston, MA.

August 2002
Risky Business: Employment Services for Legal Offenders. – Invited trainer, (two 12 hour workshops) Portland, OR & Seattle, WA.

March 2002
You want me to get a Job for who? Job Development Strategies - Keynote speaker, Employment Services for Legal Offenders with Developmental or Mental Health Disabilities. Olympia, WA.

November 1999
Behavioral Risk Management- Poster Session, AAUAP annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

May 1993
Using ADA to Open Doors to Business in Your Community – Presentation, NISH National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

May 1988
Supported Employment and JWOD Contracts – Presentation, NISH National Conference, Orlando, Florida.

November 1986
Transitioning a Sheltered Workshop to Community-Based Supported Employment – Presentation, The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps National Conference, San Francisco, California.

Awards
2000
Chuck Melick Award, Assets, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska for “Outstanding Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities” recognizing the Center for Human Development’s Learn and You Earn Project.

1997
Chancellor’s Award for Group Achievement, University of Alaska Anchorage. Awarded to the Center for Human Development for leadership in advancing UAA 2000.

1995
Mayor’s Award for Public Service, Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. Awarded for outstanding service to the community as a member of the Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Commission.

1994
Chuck Melick Award, ASETS, Anchorage, Alaska for “Outstanding Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities.”

1986
Hewitt Memorial Award, Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (Alaska), as an “Outstanding Rehabilitation Professional.”

Professional Memberships

  • Alaska Chapter for the Association for Persons who Experience Severe Handicaps, Treasurer
  • American Association on Mental Deficiency
  • Association for Persons who Experience Severe Handicaps
  • Association on Supported Employment
  • National Association of Dually Diagnosed
  • Association for University Centers on Disabilities
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources