In Memoriam- Fred J. Biasini

September 29, 2020

The Alabama LEND and UCEDD experienced a heartbreaking loss on 9/23/2020 in the unexpected passing of Dr. Fred J. Biasini. During his nearly 40 years of involvement with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Civitan-Sparks Clinics and the Department of Psychology, Dr. Biasini was a mentor to innumerable trainees and professionals and was a strong advocate for families. His presence and passion was felt throughout UAB, the state, and the nation. It is difficult to find a person or project within the disability community that did not have a connection to Fred Biasini. Dr. Biasini is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan, three children, six grandchildren, a sister, and a niece and nephews.

Dr. Biasini received his PhD in Psychology from The University of Alabama in 1984. He joined the UAB Department of Psychology in the same year and remained on faculty for the next 36 years. He devoted his career to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities, serving as a Director of the UAB Early Head Start for over 20 years, and of the Alabama UCEDD and LEND programs since 2008. He was a licensed clinical psychologist who trained in, and later directed, the Civitan-Sparks Clinics. Dr. Biasini was a dedicated teacher and mentor, educating trainees from a variety of disciplines about human development and developmental disabilities, and he served as Director of the UAB Lifespan Developmental Psychology Doctoral Program for 10 years. For more regarding Fred's incredible and impactful career, please see his bio at

To honor Dr. Biasini's legacy, the UAB Department of Psychology established the Fred J. Biasini Award in Developmental Disabilities memorial fund, which will support trainees conducting research and service in developmental disabilities. Contributions to this fund can be made at