Rachel Freeman, PhD

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
3111 Haworth
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Phone: 785-864-4057
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 06, 2006


Primary Activity Coordinators: Research Director
Specialty Resource Contacts: Positive Behavior Supports
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support
Discipline(s): Psychology
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Research: Positive Behavioral Supports, Conduct Disorders
Education: Psychology, Special Education, Rehabilitation
Service: Behavior Analysis


Postdoctoral position; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Department of Communication Disorders. 1998.
Ph.D. Special Education and Rehabilitation; University of Oregon, Eugene. Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, Specialty in Conduct Disorders. 1996.
B.S. Psychology; Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. 1989.

Associate Research Professor, Life Span Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2005-present.
Director of Research, Kansas University Center for Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD), Life Span Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2005-present.
Research Assistant Professor, Life Span Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2000-present.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, 2002-present.
Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Special Education, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1999 - present.
Psychologist II, Department of Human Services, Cambridge Community Support Services, Cambridge, Minnesota, 1996-1997.
Assistant Coordinator, Kidderminster and District Health Authority, Intensive Support Team, Kidderminster, Worcester, England, 1991-1992.
Residential Trainer II, Bethphage Mission Midwest Inc., Illinois Program, Macomb, Illinois, 1990-1991.

Principal Investigator, Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support, Kansas Social and Rehabilitative Services. 11/01/01-present ($2,070,448).
Co-Principal Investigator, University of Kansas Subcontract with the University of Oregon on the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, Office of Special Education Programs. (Principal Investigator: Wayne Sailor). 10/01/03 - 09/30/07 ($675,000).
Principal Investigator, Subcontract with Topeka USD 501, Positive Behavior Support Project (Grant #S184M000069), 2001-2003. ($350,000).

Freeman, R. L., Grzymala-Busse, J. W., & Harvey, M. (2003). Functional behavioral assessment using the LERS data mining system-Strategies for understanding complex physiological and behavioral patterns. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, 21(2), 173-181.
Freeman, R. L., Horner, R. H., Reichle, J. E. (1999). Relation between heart rate and problem behaviors. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 104(4), 330-345.
Freeman, R. L., Horner, R. H., & Reichle, J. (2002). Functional assessment and self-restraint (Chapter 6). In S. Schroeder, M. L. Oster-Granite, & T. Thompson (Eds.), Self-injurious behavior: Gene-brain-behavior relationships (pp.105-118). Washington, DC: APA Books.
Freeman, R. L., Smith, C., & Tieghi-Benet, M. (2003). Promoting implementation success through the use of continuous systems-level assessment strategies. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5(2), 66-70.
Freeman, R., Smith, C., Zarcone, J., Kimbrough, P., Tieghi-Benet, M., & Wickham, D. (2005). Building a state-wide plan for embedding positive behavior support in human service organizations. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 7(2), 109-119.
Kimbrough Kidwell, P., Freeman, R., Smith, C., & Zarcone, J. (2004). Integrating online instruction with active mentoring to support professionals in applied settings. The Internet and Higher Education, 7(2), 141-150.
Smith, C., & Freeman, R. L. (2002). Using continuous system level assessment to build school capacity. American Journal of Evaluation, 23(3), 307-319.

Freeman, R., Perrin, N., Moore, M., McCart, A., Zarcone, J., & Tyrrell, A. (2005). An example of state-wide positive behavior support planning and evaluation. International Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference. Tampa, FL.
Freeman, R., & Eber, L. (October 4, 2003). Data based decision making. CCBD. St. Louis, MO.
Sailor, W., Freeman, R., Warren, J., & Lassen, S. (August 25, 2001). Implementation and evaluation of positive behavior support in schools. Presentation at the American Psychological Association Conference. San Francisco, CA.
Sailor, W., Freeman, R., & Edmonson, H. (December 8, 2000). School inclusion and urban education. TASH. Chicago, IL.
Freeman, R. (July 26, 2001). Analyzing the relation between heart rate, problem behavior, and environmental events using data mining system LERS. Presentation at the Fourteenth IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems in Bethesda MD.