Research by UCEDDs


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar:

This webinar will address the Research UCEDD core function. This is the seventh installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS. This webinar features three UCEDDs (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, and the Waisman Center) conducting innovative research work.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Articulate their responsibilities related to research as articulated in the DD Act and OIDD guidance
  • Describe innovative methods to increase UCEDD research capacity both with and without the integration of IDDRC partnerships. 
  • Apply the lessons learned from model research activities/infrastructure of peers in the UCEDD network to their own center's research activities.

For our previous installments:


Headshot Elise McMillan, JDElisee McMillan, JD has more than 20 years' experience in leading programs and projects that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities. She holds leadership roles in numerous national, state, and community disabilities organizations, including The Arc U.S., the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Disability Coalition. As Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, she provides oversight of daily operations and assists area coordinators and directors of core functions in planning and implementation. She is responsible for personnel, budget oversight, and representing the UCEDD at the local, state, and national level. She is an attorney and Senior Associate in the VUMC Department of Psychiatry. She holds leadership roles with TennesseeWorks, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, and Next Steps at Vanderbilt.

Headshot Robert HodappRobert Hodapp, PhD’s , current research interests include the developmental approach to intellectual disability, mother-child interactions with children with disabilities, and development in children with fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and other genetic disorders of intellectual disability. As Director of Research for the Center's UCEDD, Dr. Hodapp oversees the research programs, basic and applied, that are conducted as part of the UCEDD. He develops the UCEDD's research agenda in consultation with the UCEDD Operating Committee and the Community Advisory Council.

Headshot Evan Dean, PhD, OTR/LEvan Dean, PhD, OTR/L, is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas and Associate Director at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities. His research focuses on testing effective methods for promoting community participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through enhancing self-determination, supported decision making and career design. His research has been funded through a combination of national (ACL and NICHD), state (Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities), and foundation (WITH Foundation, American Occupational Therapy Foundation) grants.

Headshot Sheida K. RaleySheida K. Raley, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant and UCEDD trainee at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD). Her research focuses on assessment and promotion of self-determination for all students, including students with extensive support needs learning in inclusive contexts. The ultimate goal of her research is to understand how to enable students with and without disabilities to build skills and abilities associated with self-determination, including identifying instructional strategies and supports for general and special educators to use in inclusive classrooms.

Headshot Michelle SchladantTyler Hicks, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas and the Director of Quantitative Research Methodology at the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD). He received his Ph.D. at the University of South Florida (USF) with a dual concentration in Educational Statistics and Special Education in 2015 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas before joining KUCDD in 2019.


Headshot Anne HarrisAnne Harris, PhD, MPH, RDN, has worked for more than 20 years as a pediatric nutritionist and has expertise in nutrition for children with special health care needs including anthropometric assessment and dietary analysis. She came to the Waisman Center in 2007 and helped start the Feeding Team services in the Waisman Center Clinics, providing training and nutrition expertise to the team. She is the director of the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program and serves in a collaborative, administrative role with the clinics, participating on the clinics' executive committee and working with staff and clinic leadership to integrate training and research activities in the clinics.

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