Amy Hewitt, PhD Social Work; MSW

Institute on Community Integration
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
2025 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-625-1098
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: May 03, 2022

Amy Hewitt

Leadership: UCEDD Director
LEND Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research
Specialty Resource Contacts: Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities,
Case Management/Care Coordination,
Consumer-Directed Supports,
Direct Support Professional Development,
Frontline Supervisor Development,
Medicaid Support for Community Services,
Outcome Measurement
Discipline(s): Social Work
AUCD Council Membership: Council for Interdisciplinary Service
Community Education Directors' Council
National Training Directors' Council
No Council Membership
Research: Current projects include the College of Direct Support a national training curriculum development project that currently delivers training to 220,000+ direct support professionals each day throughout the United States and has delivered nearly 4 million completed hour of training to these Direct Support Professionals; CMS National Resource Center on Direct Support Workers, a national technical assistance center designed to provide states with technical support on issues related to direct support workforce challenges. Research and Training Center on Community Living the only NIDRR national research center on intellectual and developmental disabilities where she is involved in several research studies regarding consumer direction, active support, direct support training and employment services. MN LEND an interdisciplinary training program for pre and post-doctoral students across 11 disciplines in neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
Education: Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dissertation title: Identification of Competencies and Effective Training Practices for Direct Support Staff Working in Community Residential Services for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Master's in Social Work, emphasis in families, planning and human service management, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 1988. Recipient LEND Fellowship Award.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Service: Ms. Hewitt has authored and co-authored many curriculum, journal articles and manuscripts. A book she co-authored entitled, Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training published by Brookes publishing. She is a managing editor of Frontline Initiative a national newsletter for DSPs; a contributing editor for LINKS a newsletter of ANCOR and guest editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities a journal of the AAIDD. She is currently a Board member for the Arc Greater Twin Cities, one of the nations largest advocacy-only Arcs. Ms. Hewitt was an MCH LEND Fellow/Trainee at Riley Child Developmental Center over 20 years ago. She was recognized by AUCD with a young leader award in 2000 and has been active in AUCD for many years on the NCEDC and NTDC. She currently serves on the AUCD PAC advisory group.