Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Technology Innovation Development & Research (TIDR) Lab


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






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  • Temporary Assistant Researchers: 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 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. For more information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
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