CIDDL team includes experts in special education, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), related services, educational technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), instructional design, STEM education, and professional development. 

Senior Leadership

James D. Basham, Ph.D.

James D. Basham, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator & Director

Dr. James Basham is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.

Kathleen N. Zimmerman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Kathleen N. Zimmerman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Co-PI

Dr. Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.

Seam J. Smith, Ph.D.

Seam J. Smith, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Dr. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Dr. Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Kansas.

Jody Britten, Ph.D.

Jody Britten, Ph.D.

Lead Evaluator

Dr. Jody Britten is a Senior Associate at the Metiri Group and founder of the Early Learning Alliance Network

Jose Blackorby, Ph.D.

Jose Blackorby, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Dr. Blackorby is the Director of Research and Development at CAST and a lecturer at Harvard University.

Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Co-PI

Dr. Vasquez is the Director and Professor of the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute at the University of Central Florida.

Matthew Marino, Ph.D.

Matthew Marino, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Dr. Marino is a Professor for the Exceptional Education Program at the University of Central Florida.

 

CIDDL Staff

Ling Zhang, Ph.D.

Ling Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Associate/Project Coordinator

Ling Zhang works as a research associate and project coordinator at CIDDL.

Christine Parsons

Christine Parsons

Program Manager

Christine Parsons is the Program Manager of Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute.

McKenzie Nicholis

McKenzie Nicholis

Program Manager

McKenzie Nicholis is the Network Engagement Manager at CAST.

Nicholas Hoekstra

Nicholas Hoekstra

Graduate Research Assistant

Nicholas Hoekstra is a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.

Erika Moore

Erika Moore

Graduate Research Assistant

Erika Moore is a doctoral student in the Exceptional Education program at the University of Central Florida.

Advisory Board