Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Technology Innovation Development & Research (TIDR) Lab

Staff

The staff of the TIDR Lab are dedicated to developing robust applications that are usable by a range of populations (e.g., students, teachers, parents, and administrators) in variety of educational contexts. They work directly with JGCP investigators to develop tools that support large-scale implementation of evidence-based practices. As a result of decades of combined experience working with JGCP investigators, TIDR Lab developers can efficiently translate investigator concepts into prototypes, and prototypes into production-level applications. 

As a research center affiliated with the University of Kansas, TIDR Lab applications are deployed on HIPAA-compliant, enterprise-level servers that are maintained by KU IT staff. The skill sets of the TIDR Lab staff include backend or server-side development and programming (e.g., PHP, SQL, Java, Javascript), front-end application development (e.g., HTML, CSS), database development for applications and to manage large research datasets, user-interface design, and usability testing.


Jay Buzhardt, Director, TIDR Lab

Associate Research Professor, 2003 - present


Skill Set

  • Design Research Methodology
  • Usability Testing and Human-Computer Interface Design
  • Web-based Instructional Design
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Design and Implementation
  • Early Childhood Assessment

 

Ongoing Research Support

  1.  Australia Early Home Learning Project
  2. The effects of online decision making support (the MOD) for home visitors using an RTI approach to promoting the language development of at-risk infants and toddlers
  3. Experimental Evaluation of the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS) Training Program Using Video Conferencing for Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  4. Examination of the Use of a Spanish Version of the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS) Training Program with Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  5. Professional Development that is Systematic, focused on Teacher growth, Incorporates Coaching, collaboration, cohorts, and increased Knowledge to create Student Success (STICKS) Website
  6. Development of a Distance Mentorship Program to Improve Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness

 


 

Brian Cisler, Application Developer, 2018 - present


Skill Set

  • Development, maintenance and troubleshooting of web applications
  • Troubleshooting network problems related to web resources
  • Training

 

 

 

 


George Conforti, Systems Administrator, 2009 - present


Skill Set

  • IT Project Management
  • LAN and Telecommunications Administration
  • Windows Server Administration
  • IT Hardware Deployment
  • Training

 


Christine Muehe, Database Specialist, 2004 - present


Skill Set

  • Database Development and Administration
  • Data Export & Analysis
  • Documentation Creation
  • Software & Technical Support
  • Hardware Technical Support

 

Ongoing Research Support

  1. Project Engage
  2. Project EAGLE
  3. CW-FIT

 


 Shye Hou Reynolds: Software Engineer, ​1990 - 2018 (Retired)


Skill Set

  • Application Development (Windows- & Android-based platforms)

  • Web Development (WordPress)

  • Database Support

  • Software Technical Support

  • Hardware Technical Support


Bernadine Roberts: Information Specialist I, 1984 - 2017 (Retired)


Skill Set

  • Web Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Word Processing

 


 

 

 

 


What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Lead Application Developer/Research Engineer: We are seeking a full-stack Application Developer to lead development of single-page web applications, as well as maintain, troubleshoot and improve applications already in production. Existing applications at JGCP include learning management systems, web apps that help manage and report child outcomes to guide teacher’s instructional decisions, and mobile apps to support parent-teacher communication and student self-management. As a member of JGCP’s Technology Innovation, Development & Research (TIDR) lab, the developer will gain experience across multiple research projects. Review of applications will begin Sept 18, 2018 and continue until position is filled. For more information and how to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Postdoctoral Researchers (Early Intervention): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting 2 postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in designing, implementing and disseminating research carried out while developing evidence-based practices with community partners focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship. Postdoctoral researchers will learn and develop new advances in the prevention and intervention of learning and behavior problems in young children. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Student Hourly (Data Collectors): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, 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 4-10 student hourly employees 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. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant/Associate Research Professor - Statistician: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Research Professor with statistical skills to work in a team environment on a range of educational and applied research projects. For more information and to apply, click here.  KU is an EO/AAE
 
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