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

George Conforti: Systems Administrator - 2009 - present


Skill Set

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

 

​​Ongoing Research Support​

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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
  4. EBASS

Shye Hou Reynolds, Software Engineer - ​1990 - present


Skill Set

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

  • Web Development (WordPress)

  • Database Support

  • Software Technical Support

  • Hardware Technical Support

 

Ongoing Research Support

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Bernadine Roberts, Information Specialist I - 1984 - present


Skill Set

  • Web Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Word Processing


 

 

Ongoing Research Support

  1. Digitally capture pre-recorded video and transfer data: Duties include encoding and compressing data to DVD’s and/or saving to the network server for the sole use as project data backup across projects. 
  2. Maintain and/or assist with the management and updates of current  information on Juniper Gardens’ website; such as updates regarding news, project grants both past and present, on-line publications, etc. ​​

 


Phuong Tran, Application Developer


Skill Set

  • Application Design
  • Project Management

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing Research Support


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Job Opportunities
  • Assistant Researcher We are seeking one to two assistant researchers (one full-time or two part-time) for the I-Connect Plus project to provide consultation and training in the use of intervention procedures for participants (adolescents and young adults with ASD), their teachers, and service providers; facilitate recruitment, scheduling with school staff, and assist in consent and assent procedures. This researcher(s) will also provide ongoing monitoring and coaching to participants (adolescents and young adults with ASD), their teachers, and service providers in the use of the intervention, among other activities. View the full job posting and apply here
  • Student Hourly Positions We are seeking to fill student hourly positions. These students 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 area, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. View the full job posting and apply here.  
 
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