Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities


About Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities is, through research, training, technical assistance, and community service activities, to enhance the quality of life, self-determination, and inclusion of Kansans with developmental disabilities and their families.


The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is part of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Parsons in southeast Kansas. KUCDD was established in 1972 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Schiefelbusch, a pioneer in the field of interdisciplinary work related to developmental disabilities. Within the state of Kansas, the KUCDD supports affiliated projects in many communities and provides training and other types of support to both rural and urban regions of the state.  As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are:

  • Research
  • Resources and Training
  • Community Services

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center is one of 52 nationwide providing long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training, services, and care for people with DD. The KUCDD and LEND programs in Kansas continue to collaborate to support the quality of life of Kansans with Developmental Disabilities statewide.


Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, Senior Scientist in the Life Span Institute, and Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and systems of support for students with disabilities and she has a specific interest in the multiple, nested contextual factors that impact student outcomes.

Director, Kansas City Site

Dr. Kathryn Ellerbeck is a pediatrician in Kansas City, Kansas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Goodland Regional Medical Center and University of Kansas Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Director, Life Span Institute, Parsons

David Lindeman, Ph.D. (no cost to the project) is a senior scientist and Director of the KU Life Span Institute at Parsons, and holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Special Education. Dr. Lindeman brings to this position 30 years of experience in public school, special education administration, preservice and inservice training, as well as previous experience on numerous state and federally-funded projects relevant to the present application. Specifically, relevant to this proposal are his experiences as the Director of the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) project, an inservice professional development project in the State of Kansas. This project currently provides training and technical assistance for IDEA Part C early intervention programs and child care providers serving infant and toddlers and in the past Part B 619 program. He also directs activities of Early Childhood Higher-Education Options (ECHO) Consortium – a consortium of early childhood higher education faculty from across Kansas. Dr. Lindeman is a member of the Kansas State Interagency Coordinating Council and also has experience working with the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department of Children and Families through state grant projects, advisory committees, and task groups.

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