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Research Overview

The Department's research and scholarship span translational, discovery, applied, intervention, and prevention research, conducted by individual faculty members and research and training centers. Among the areas we span are positive youth development and the development of peer relations, child problem behavior, and resilience for youth exposed to trauma; the impact of terrorism, disasters, and violence on child and adolescent development; pediatric and clinical child psychology; early childhood education and intervention with typically developing children and children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities; assessment, prevention, and intervention of children's severe problem behavior; transformations in the environments of children and youth to improve their development; implementation of "best practices" in community programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities; the reduction of obesity and weight-related health problems; health promotion and maintenance in children and families; development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical interventions; drug prevention; disabilities studies; the behavioral economics of choice; environmental sustainability; staff training, treatment integrity, performance and organizational behavior management, and program evaluation; behavioral community psychology; understanding and improving how communities create conditions for health and human development; legal and ethical issues in all the above; and their historical, scientific, and conceptual foundations.

Faculty Research Interests

Listed below are some broad specialization areas in which graduate students in the Applied Behavioral Science department can work. The faculty members who are active in those research areas are listed. The Prospective students are responsible for identifying the area in which they would like to concentrate your studies and identify a professor(s) with whom they would like to study. More specific information about the research being conducted by each faculty member can be obtained by clicking on his/her name below.

Claudia Dozier
James Sherman
Pam Neidert
Thomas Zane

Community Health and Development
Vincent Francisco
Jomella Watson-Thompson
Glen W. White

Developmental Disabilities and Independent Living
Claudia Dozier
Charles R. Greenwood
Jan Sheldon
James A. Sherman
Thomas Zane

Early Childhood Education
Claudia Dozier
Pam Neidert

Thomas Zane

Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Derek D. Reed
Edward K. Morris
Dave Jarmolowicz
Katherine Saunders (Parsons Research Center)
Dean Williams (Parsons Research Center)

History and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis
Edward K. Morris

Juvenile Justice and Interventions
Jan Sheldon
James A. Sherman
Vincent Francisco

Physical Disabilities
Glen W. White

Organizational Behavioral Management Research and Practice
Florence D. DiGennaro Reed

Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

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