Tiina Urv, PhD

Tiina K. Urv, Ph.D. received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington and her graduate degrees from Columbia University's Teachers College.

She has extensive experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in various capacities. She has been a classroom teacher for students with multiple disabilities including deaf/blindness, physical and health related disabilities, severe intellectual disabilities and behavior disorders. She was also an administrator at a large urban agency providing services for adults with developmental disabilities. For the past nine years Dr. Urv has spent time working as a research scientist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities in Staten Island, New York and as an Assistant Professor at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where her research involved the maladaptive behaviors related to Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome. Dr. Urv is currently a program officer in the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Branch (MRDD) within the Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH.