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Graduate Research

The Department's research and scholarship span translational, discovery, applied, intervention, and prevention research, conducted by individual faculty members and research and training centers. Among the areas we span are positive youth development and the development of peer relations, child problem behavior, and resilience for youth exposed to trauma; the impact of terrorism, disasters, and violence on child and adolescent development; pediatric and clinical child psychology; early childhood education and intervention with typically developing children and children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities; assessment, prevention, and intervention of children's severe problem behavior; transformations in the environments of children and youth to improve their development; implementation of "best practices" in community programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities; the reduction of obesity and weight-related health problems; health promotion and maintenance in children and families; development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical interventions; drug prevention; disabilities studies; the behavioral economics of choice; environmental sustainability; staff training, treatment integrity, performance and organizational behavior management, and program evaluation; behavioral community psychology; understanding and improving how communities create conditions for health and human development; legal and ethical issues in all the above; and their historical, scientific, and conceptual foundations.

Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

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