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

This is a picture of Dr. James Basham

James D. Basham, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator & Director

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.

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

Co-PI

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.

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Seam J. Smith, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Seam J. Smith, Ph.D.

Co-PI

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

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Yong Zhao, Ph.D.

Co-PI

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.

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Jody Britten, Ph.D.

Lead Evaluator

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

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Jose Blackorby, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Jose Blackorby, Ph.D.

Co-PI

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

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Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Co-PI

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.

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Matthew Marino, Ph.D.

Co-PI

Matthew Marino, Ph.D.

Co-PI

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

 

CIDDL Staff

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Ling Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Associate/Project Coordinator

Ling Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Associate/Project Coordinator

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

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Christine Parsons

Program Manager

Christine Parsons

Program Manager

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

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McKenzie Nicholis

Program Manager

McKenzie Nicholis

Program Manager

McKenzie Nicholis is the Network Engagement Manager at CAST.

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Nicholas Hoekstra

Graduate Research Assistant

Nicholas Hoekstra

Graduate Research Assistant

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

Advisory Board

Peggy Kemp, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Peggy Kemp, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Kemp is the Executive Director of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of CEC.

Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Kozleski is the Dean’s Senior Scholar for Teaching and Research at Stanford University.

Chris Dede, Ed.D.

Advisory Board Member

Chris Dede, Ed.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A headshot of Alisa Lowrey

Alisa Lowrey, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Alisa Lowrey, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Lowrey is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Mary Brownell, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Mary Brownell, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Brownell is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida.

A headshot of Brett Christie

Brett Christie, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Brett Christie, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Christie is the Director of Learning Experience Design at O’Donnell Learn.

A headshot of Jacqueline Rodriguez

Jacqueline Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Jacqueline Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez is the Vice President for Research, Policy, & Advocacy at the AACTE.