Robert Hodapp, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
PMB 40
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-322-8946
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 04, 2019

Robert Hodapp

Leadership Administrative Staff: Director of Research
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research Director
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Professor of Special Education
Discipline(s): Human Development/Child Development
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Research: Current research interests include the developmental approach to mental retardation, mother-child interactions with children with disabilities, and development in children with fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and other genetic disorders of mental retardation.



Columbia College        B.A. 1977 Psychology
Boston University       M.A. 1981 Developmental Psychology
Boston University       Ph.D. 1983 Developmental Psychology

Positions and Employment

1982-1992 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Child Study Center and Department of Psychology, Yale University
1992-1994 Assistant Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
1994-2000 Associate Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
2000-2003 Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
2003-present Professor, Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University

Other Experience and Professional Memberships
American Association on Mental Retardation
American Psychological Association, Division 33 (MR/DD) Treasurer, 2004-2005
Society for Research in Child Development
Council for Exceptional Children (Divisions of Early Childhood Education and Mental Retardation)
International Society on Early Intervention
American Academy on Mental Retardation
Member, Professional Advisory Board, 5p- Society of North America
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation
Member, Advisory Committee, Training School at Vineland, New Jersey
Editorial Board, American Journal on Mental Retardation; McGill Journal of Education; Mental Retardation; Early Education and Development

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Fidler, D. J., & Hodapp, R. M. (1999). Craniofacial maturity and perceived personality in children with Down syndrome. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 104, 410 421.

Hodapp, R. M. (1999). Indirect effects of genetic mental retardation disorders: Theoretical and methodological issues. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 22, 27 50.

Hodapp, R. M., Evans, D. W., & Gray, F. L. (1999). Intellectual development in children with Down syndrome. In J. Rondal, J. Perera, & L. Nadel (Eds.), Down syndrome: A review of current knowledge (pp. 124 132). London: Whurr.

Hodapp, R. M., & Fidler, D. J. (1999). Parenting, etiology, and personality-motivational functioning in children with mental retardation. In E. Zigler & D. Bennett-Gates (Eds.), Personality development in individuals with mental retardation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hodapp, R. M., & Fidler, D. J. (1999). Special education and genetics: Connections for the 21st century. Journal of Special Education, 33, 130 137.

Fidler, D. J., Hodapp, R. M., & Dykens, E. M. (2000). Stress in families of young children with Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and Smith-Magenis syndrome. Early Education and Development, 11, 395 406.

Dykens, E. M., & Hodapp, R. M. (2001). Research in mental retardation: Toward an etiologic approach. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42, 49 71.

Dykens, E. M., Hodapp, R. M., & Finucane, B. (2000). Genetics and mental retardation syndromes: A new look at behavior and treatments. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Hodapp, R. M. (2001). Advancing findings, theories, and methods concerning children with disabilities. Commentary on P. Hauser-Cram, M. E. Warfield, J. P. Shonkoff, & M. W. Krauss, Children with disabilities: A longitudinal study of child development and family well-being. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 66(3), 115 125.

Hodapp, R. M., & Dykens, E. M. (2001). Strengthening behavioral research on genetic mental retardation syndromes. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 106, 4 15.

Hodapp, R. M., Ly, T. M., Fidler, D. J., & Ricci, L. A. (2001). Less stress, more rewarding: Parenting children with Down syndrome. Parenting: Science and Practice, 1, 317 337.

Fidler, D. J., Hodapp, R. M., & Dykens, E. M. (2002). Behavioral phenotypes and special education: Parent report of educational issues for children with Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Williams syndrome. Journal of Special Education, 36, 80 88.

Hodapp, R. M. (2002). Parenting children with mental retardation. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 355 381). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Hodapp, R. M., & DesJardin, J. L. (2002). Genetic etiologies of mental retardation: Issues for interventions and interventionists. Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, 14, 323 338.

Hodapp, R. M., & Ricci, L. A. (2002). Behavioural phenotypes and educational practice: The unrealized connection. In G. O'Brien & O. Udwin (Eds.), Behavioural phenotypes in clinical practice (pp. 137 151). London: Mac Keith Press.

Ly, T. M., & Hodapp, R. M. (2002). Maternal attributions of child noncompliance in children with mental retardation: Down syndrome versus other etiologies. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 23, 322 329.

Fidler, D. J., Lawson, J. E., & Hodapp, R. M. (2003). What do parents want? An analysis of education-related comments made by parents of children with different genetic syndromes. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 28, 1-9.

Hodapp, R.M., DesJardin, J.L., & Ricci, L.A. (2003). Genetic syndromes of mental retardation: Should they matter for the early interventionist? Infants and Young Children, 16, 152-160.

Hodapp, R.M., & Freeman, S.F.N. (2003). Advances in educational strategies for children with Down syndrome. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 16, 511-516.

Hodapp, R. M., Ricci, L. A., Ly, T. M., & Fidler, D. J. (2003). The effects of the child with Down syndrome on maternal stress. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22, 137-151.

Ricci, L.A., & Hodapp, R.M. (2003). Fathers' perceptions, stress, and involvement with children with Down syndrome versus with other types of mental retardation. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 47, 273-284.

Hodapp, R.M. (2004). Studying interactions, reactions, and perceptions: Can genetic disorders serve as behavioral proxies, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 29-34.

Hodapp, R.M., & Dykens, E.M. (2004). Studying behavioral phenotypes: Issues, benefits, challenges. In E. Emerson, C. Hatton, T. Parmenter, & T. Thompson (Eds.), International handbook of applied research in intellectual disabilities (pp. 203-220). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Rosner, B.A., Hodapp, R.M., Fidler, D.J., Sagun, J.N., & Dykens, E.M. (2004). Social competence in persons with Prader-Willi, Williams, and Down syndromes. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 17, 209-217.

Rondal, J.A., Hodapp, R.M., Soreci, S., Dykens, E.M., & Nota, A. (Eds.) (2004), Genetic, behavioural, and inclusion aspects of intellectual disabilities. London: Whurr Publishers.

Hodapp, R.M. (in press, 2004). Behavioral phenotypes: Going beyond the two-group approach. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 29.

Hodapp, R.M., & Dykens, E.M. (in press, 2004). Behavioral effects of genetic intellectual disability syndromes. In J. W. Jacobson & J.A. Mulick (Eds.), Handbook of intellectual and developmental disabilities. New York: Plenum.

Hodapp, R.M., & Ly, T.M. (in press). Parenting children with developmental disabilities. In T. Luster & L. Okagaki (Eds.), Parenting: An ecological perspective (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Ly, T.M., & Hodapp, R.M. (in press). Children with Prader-Willi syndrome vs. Williams syndrome: Indirect effects on parents during a jigsaw puzzle task. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.