IHD-AzUCD Welcomes Dr. Kelly Roberts as New Executive Director

January 10, 2017

Dr. Kelly Roberts has worked in the disability, education, and health and human service fields for over 29 years. During this time she worked as a teacher in grades 6 through 12, researcher, AT specialist, postsecondary education instructor, and administrator. She has extensive experience working with individuals from multicultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as with individuals with a broad range of disabilities.

Dr. Roberts comes to IHD after working at the Hawaii's UCEDD for over 17 years and serving as the director of the Pacific Basin UCEDD for about 10 years.  While her experiences are varied, her primary areas of interest include assistive technology, learning disabilities, and research related to disabilities across the lifespan including community integration and transition from high school to postsecondary education and/or the workforce. Her passion lies in improving the quality of life of all individuals but particularly those who are economically disadvantaged and who have limited access to services that may improve quality of life. 

Dr. Roberts expressed excitement about working with the amazing staff of IHD, NAU personnel, and state and community organizations. She stated - "the opportunities available at IHD are extensive and, where opportunities do not exist, we will work to create them in order to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and other marginalized groups."