Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

Director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science, and Associate Scientist
913-321-3143, ext. 2603
  • Restricted, repetitive behaviors in autism
  • Development and evaluation of behavioral interventions
  • Identifying and disseminating evidence-based practices for young children with autism
  • Community-based research
Kathryn Bigelow, Assistant Research Professor

Kathryn Bigelow, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2623
  • Evidence-based interventions for promoting healthy child development and learning
  • Home visiting and parenting interventions
  • Promoting child communication development
  • Promoting infant-toddler social-emotional development
  • Technology to enhance evidence-based interventions

Jay Buzhardt, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2617
  • Web-based Parent/Teacher Training
  • Early Childhood Data-based Decision Making
  • Usability Testing and Human-Computer Interface Design
  • Design Research Methodology
Judith J. Carta, Professor of Special Education and Senior Scientist

Judith J. Carta, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education and Senior Scientist
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2600
  • Developing evidence-based intervention practices
  • Multi-tiered systems of support to promote children's language, literacy, and social-emotional outcomes
  • Validating parenting interventions focused on vulnerable populations and their effects on young children
  • Developing tools for monitoring the progress of young children
Charles Greenwood, Ph.D.

Charles R. Greenwood, Ph.D.

Professor of Applied Behavioral Sciences and Senior Scientist
913 321-3143, ext. 2601
  • Community-engaged research
  • Impacts of poverty and disability on development
  • Behavioral and educational measurement
  • Behavioral and academic interventions
  • Statistical Methods
  • Technology applications
  • Research Training and Preparation
Linda Heitzman-Powell, Associate Research Professor

Linda Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2620
  • Parent-mediated functional analyses
  • ​Effective training for foster parent community
  • Evidence-based interventions for parents and early childhood educators
  • Web-based Parent/Teacher Training
  • Use of technology of enhancing evidence-based interventions
Dwight Irvin, Assistant Research Professor

Dwight Irvin, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext 2624
  • Speech and location technology in early intervention
  • Social-emotional development in young children with disabilities
  • Statistical methods & research design

Alana Schnitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913-321-3143
  • Developing evidenced-based interventions
  • Coaching parents and teachers to increase use of evidenced based practices
  • Social-emotional development of young children
  • Measurement, Research Design, and Methodology of young children who are at-risk for or have disability diagnoses
Barbara Terry, Assistant Research Professor

Barbara Terry, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2616
  • Professional development training for early childhood educators and paraprofessionals
  • Strategies for developing early language and literacy skills
  • Peer tutoring strategies for pre-school and early elementary students
  • Academic intervention strategies and program monitoring
Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, Ph.D.

Kathy Thiemann-Bourque, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2619
  • Classroom-based interventions for children with autism
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communications 
  • Peer-mediated social interventions and teacher implementation
  • Early assessment of social communication and joint attention
Dale Walker, Associate Research Professor

Dale Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2602
  • Evidence-based naturalistic language practices for promoting the communication of infants and toddlers.
  • Intervention with child care providers, teachers and parents to bridge the word gap.
  • Progress monitoring assessment and observation practices with infants and young children.
  • Measuring fidelity of intervention implementation.
Howard Wills, Associate Research Professor

Howard Wills, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2618
  • Evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions for students with challenging behavior.
  • Development and evaluation of multi-tiered systems of support and classroom management interventions.
  • Technology based self-monitoring to support children and adults with disabilities. 
  • Community-engaged research utilizing single-case and randomized control group designs.
Jane Atwater, Retired Assistant Research Professor

Jane Atwater, Ph.D. (Retired)

Assistant Research Professor
913 321-3143, ext. 2624
Debra Kamps, Associate Director and Senior Scientist

Debra Kamps , Ph.D. (Retired)

Senior Scientist, Emeritus
  • Evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Positive behavior supports and classroom management intervention
  • Effective instruction and cooperative learning strategies
  • Peer mediated interventions to promote social-communication development
  • Technology to enhance interventions for children and adults with disabilities

What's New
Job Opportunities

Assistant Researcher: JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at understanding how teacher perceptions impact the outcomes of preschool children. We are seeking 1 full-time (100% FTE) Assistant Researcher who will be responsible for administering assessments and study procedures in preschool classrooms across the United States. Apply here.

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA): JGCP is seeking Graduate Research Assistants. The GRAs will assist with data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and teacher-child interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry. Apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-75% FTE): JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking an intervention coach who will be responsible for coaching Early Childhood teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. Learn more and apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-100% FTE): JGCP is seeking 1-2 part-time intervention coaches who will be responsible for providing professional development and coaching to infant-toddler teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development. Learn more and apply here

Assistant Researcher-Assessor (50-75% FTE): JGCP is seeking 1-2 part time (50% - 75% FTE) assessors who will be responsible for conducting classroom observations and child assessments in infant-toddler early childhood education programs in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development Learn more and apply here

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): JGCP is seeking a GRA to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) for the next year of the project (1 year) on the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network Project. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research syntheses, and assisting with translation and dissemination of synthesis findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. He/she will also provide support to the Practice Based Research Collaborative and assist with BWG related intervention studies. The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist with the completion of project-specific tasks including maintaining the project website and creating the bi-monthly network newsletter. Apply here

Temporary Assistant Researchers: JCGP is looking for 1-2 temporary Assistant Researchers, at 50%-75% time, who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Learn more and apply here

Student Hourly Positions: JGCP is seeking 2-4 Student Hourlies who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Apply here

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