Research

Research

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At the Life Span Institute, our mission — to discover knowledge about human health and development — can only be achieved by problem-driven collaborations across many disciplines. The Life Span Institute stands at such a convergence. We bring together scientists who are affiliated with several academic departments and disciplines to collaboratively take on problems in human development and health.

Our research strengths include:

The Life Span Institute is externally sustained through grants and contracts, the state of Kansas, federal programs, and some private philanthropic support. The primary federal agencies supporting our research are Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. In fiscal year 2019, research projects were awarded $30.7 million, the second-highest total in its history. 

Project Dates Project Title Principal Investigator Center Funder
- Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilties Jamison, Rene Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) Parsons Component Lindeman, David Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Kansas University Center for Child Health and Development Ellerbeck, Kathryn Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Kansas Telework Program Sack, Sara Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Kansas Alternative Finance Program--K-Loan Sack, Sara Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Jerry Vogel Assistive Technology Fund Sack, Sara Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- iKAN Connect Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program Sack, Sara Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Genetic Studies of Specific Language Impairment Using Consanguineous Families Raza, Muhammad
- Validity of a Nonspeech, Dynamic Assessment of the Alphabetic Principle (DAAP) Saunders, Kathryn
- Electronic Mentoring to Address Challenges in Engineering Graduate Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic Chang, Chi-Ning
- Piloting Behavior Change Strategies for Scalable Walk to School Interventions Cushing, Christopher
- Using PCORnet to Expand the DS-CONNECT Cohort Through Healthcare System Recruitment, Incorporating Electronic Health Records, and Assessing Self-Determination Colombo, John Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- CORGI-US: Building Knowledge and Skills in 21st Century Schools Bulgren, Janis The Center for Research on Learning
- University of Kansas Project to Develop Responsive, Innovative, and Visionary Educators (KU-DRIVE), Type A Basham, James The Center for Research on Learning
- Development of a Military-Specific Transdiagnostic Eating-Disorder Survey and Screening Tool in a Nationally Representative Sample of Veterans Forbush, Kelsie
- Ensuring Mental Health Needs are Met for All Students Through a Multi-Tiered System of Support McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Possible Selves and Self-Determination: Improving Transition Outcomes for High School Students with Learning Disabilities Hock, Michael
- Project DataWall: A Decision Support System for MTSS Sailor, Wayne The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Sensorimotor and physiological markers of Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxi syndrome (FXTAS) Mosconi, Matthew
- Development of Smoking Cessation Interventions Informed by Temporal Discounting Yi, Richard Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment
- Act Early Ambassadors: State or Territorial Liaisons to CDCs, Learn the Signs. Act Early. Program Kemp, Peggy
- Evaluating Person-Centered Factors Associated with Brain- Computer Interface access to a Commercial Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device Brumberg, Jonathan
- Accessible Addiction Services for All Douglas County Liese, Bruce
- Accelerating Higher Order Thinking and STEM Content Learning Among Students with Disabilities Bulgren, Janis
- Emotion Regulation in Preschool-Aged Children Jackson, Yolanda
- The Safety and Efficacy of Megesterol as Part of an Outpatient Feeding Protocol for Children with Chronic Medical Conditions Fleming, Kandace
- Application of a photography-based smartphone app to measuring food reward processes in real-time Fazzino, Tera Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment
- Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease: A Bioenergetic Etiology Zhao, Liqin
- University of Vermont Center on Tobacco Regulatory Science Reed, Derek
- Equity Leadership in High Need Schools: Building High Quality Effective Instructional Leaders to Improve Student Outcomes McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Remediation of Elevated Delay Discounting in Mid-Life Individuals: A Stage-II Trial Yi, Richard
- Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities Hall, Jean Center for Community Health and Development
- Implementation and Substainability of Positive Behavior-Support in Real Early Care(InSPIRE) Horn, Eva
- ReACT an Adaptive Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Asthma Cushing, Christopher
- Virtual reality Opportunities to Integrate Social Skills (VOISS) Smith, Sean
- Orange County ACCESS Principal Coaching McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- ACCESS Executive Leadership McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- KDHE-Monitoring and Evaluating Implementation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health State Action Plan Collie-Akers, Vicki
- Pilot Project: Development of the microSMBG Platform for Adolescents with T2D Cushing, Christopher
- Preparing Leaders to Advocate for Inclusion in Early Childhood Education Cheatham, Gregory
- Preparing Community Health Ambassadors as Change Agents in Creating Healthier Settings in Wyandotte County, Kansas Schultz, Jerry Center for Community Health and Development
- ODE Needs Assessment, Team, Edit, Revise, Publish ODE Comprehensive Needs Assessment McCart, Amy
- Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Community-Needs Assessment Project Schultz, Jerry
- Collaborative Research: Comparing Single - vs. Double-Blind Review of Scientific Abstracts for Accuracy and Bias Pleskac, Tim
- IDEC Parent Consortium-Utah Hock, Michael
- Kansas Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Initiative Hock, Michael
- Individual and family-based approaches to increase physical activity in adolescents with IDD Donnelly, Joseph
- A Virtual Vocal Tract for Speech Output Using Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interface Brumberg, Jonathan
- ApoE, Energy, and Synaptic V-ATPase Zhao, Liqin
- Examining Native Language Variability and its Effects on Second Language Processing: An Event-Related Potentials Investigation of Referential Dependencies Gabriele, Alison Child Language Doctoral Program
- Childhood Adversity and Systemic Inflammation in Preschool-Aged Children: The Role of Family Cohesion Jackson, Yolanda
- Kansas University Affiliated Program Burbank, Joshuaa
- Addressing Health and Educational Inequities in Tribal Communities Through Targeted Recruitment of American Indian and Alaska Native Early College Students: A Pilot Project Burbank, Joshuaa
- VT Inclusive Education Professional Learning McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Development and Validation of an Adaptive Mobile Phone App to Identify Clients at Risk for Treatment Failure Forbush, Kelsie
- The effect of built and social environments on childhood obesity and racial/ethnic disparities in the national Healthy Communities Study Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
- Oregon State Personnel Development Grant Mitchiner, Melinda The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) California Access (CA ACCESS) McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- momHealth: Mobile Multiple Health Behavior Change in Teen Pregnancy & Parenting Swinburne Romine, Rebecca
- Building Capacity for Developing, Implementing, and Evaluation the Family Health and Wellness Coalition's Community Health Improvement Plan for Social, Environmental, and Behavioral Change Schultz, Jerry Center for Community Health and Development
- Reducing Expulsion and Suspension by Coaching Early Educators (RESCUEE) Horn, Eva
- Kansas Equipment Exchange: Increasing Access to Durable Medical Equipment Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Preventing Youth Violence by Addressing Social Determinants Through the KC Youth Violence Prevention Project Watson-Thompson, Jomella Center for Community Health and Development
- Dual Party Relay System (DPRS) Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Wyandotte County Community Health Improvement Plan Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
- Evaluation of the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
- Motor abnormalities and functional brain mechanisms in the autism spectrum disorder Mosconi, Matthew The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Digital Scholarship: Skinner and Watson Morris, Edward
- Biological Indicators of Trauma in Foster Youth: The Role of Social Support Jackson, Yolanda
- Teen Career Pathway: Small Business Innovation Research, Phase II Basham, James The Center for Research on Learning
- Kansans Can Excel in Math and Science Craig-Hare, Jana The Center for Research on Learning
- Synthesis of Carbamathione, a Potential Anti-Alcohol Agent Faiman, Morris
- Motor physiology on patients with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and healthy controls Wang, Zheng The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training
- Prenatal DHA and Neurofunctional Development (PANDA) Colombo, John Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- North Mississippi Education Consortium - Early Childhood McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Clusterin (APOJ) in brain mitochondria Zhao, Liqin
- Early Child Maltreatment and Treatment Outcomes Jackson, Yolanda
- KCCTO--KITS Partnership: Statewide Child Care Infant-- Toddler Specialist Network Lindeman, David The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS) Rice, Mabel
- Missouri Post-Secondary Success Project Noonan, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
- Cognitive and Emotional Processes of Metaphorical Cancer Communications Landau, Mark
- Weight Management in Rural Health Clinics Donnelly, Joseph
- Rehabilitation and Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living Hall, Jean Center for Community Health and Development
- Evidence-Based Interventions in Juvenile Detention Facilities: The Role of Perceptions of Staff Fite, Paula
- Weight Management for Adolescents with IDD Donnelly, Joseph Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Developing, Aligning, and Improving Systems of Academic and Behavioral Supports: Scaling Up Multi-Tiered System of Supports Statewide Application McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
- Redesigning Secondary Courses to Improve Academic Outcomes Related to Higher Standards for Students with Disabilities and Other Underperforming Students Bulgren, Janis The Center for Research on Learning
- Kansas Program to Improve the Health of People with Mobility Limitations and Intellectual Disabilities Hall, Jean Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- AZ College & Career Competency (CCC) Team Training Noonan, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
- Interactive book reading to accelerate word learning by children with SLI Storkel, Holly Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Assistive Technology for Kansans Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS): Infant/Toddler Expansion Lindeman, David The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC) Colombo, John Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Kansas SPDG Evaluation Erickson, Amy The Center for Research on Learning
- Kansas State Plan for Assistive Technology Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Kansas Telecommunications Access Program and TRS Program Management Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Mead Johnson Postnatal Supplementation Project: University of Cork Colombo, John Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Measuring Early Communication Development in Children with ASD Brady, Nancy Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Morphosyntactic Abilities of SLI Probands Rice, Mabel Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Pathophysiology and Treatment of Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain Cushing, Christopher
- Psychosocial stress as a vulnerability factor for problem gambling Jarmolowicz, David
- Scaling-Up KSDE TASN Evaluation Erickson, Amy The Center for Research on Learning
- Southeast Kansas Respite Care Services (SEKRS) Lindeman, David The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- The Acquisition of Northern Pame Pye, Clifton
- The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living Hall, Jean
- The Effects of Parenting on the Development and Behavior of FXS Adolescents Warren, Steven
- Culturally-Responsive Early Literacy Intervention (CRELI): American Indian/Alaskan Native Gillispie, W.
- Cooperative project on dual diagnosis of persons with disabilities Lindeman, David The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Connecting Travelers to Reduce Energy Use in Transportation Reed, Derek
- Tiny k - AT Services for Infants and Toddlers Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- Training Researchers in Language Impairments Rice, Mabel Child Language Doctoral Program
- Trauma exposure, emotion regulation and cognitive skills in early childhood: Prospective and longitudinal examination of the mechanisms of adjustment Jackson, Yolanda
- Behavioral Health Data Collection, Analysis, and Evaluation Watson-Thompson, Jomella Center for Community Health and Development
- Assisting Medicaid Beneficiaries in Accessing Assistive Technology (ATK) Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
- ALL-Together In Early Education (ALL-TiEE): Early Childhood Unified Masters Project Horn, Eva
- Adapting the Diabetes Prevention Program for a Developing World Context Fleming, Kandace Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
- Active Treatment Training Program Lindeman, David The Life Span Institute at Parsons

Project Title Principal Investigator Center Funder
Building Communities for Better Health Community Change Training Collie-Akers, Vicki
Conducting a Sexual Violence Indicator Selection Readiness Assessment in Kansas Schultz, Jerry
Clinical and Genomic Characterization of the 15q11.2 BP1 BP2 Microdeletion Syndrome Mosconi, Matthew
Contract for Supports for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Burbank, Joshuaa
Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board Professional Development Proposal: IDEA Module Development Mellard, Daryl The Center for Research on Learning
Multimodal Approach to Word Learning in Children with Autism - Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Project 1 Brady, Nancy Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Programmatic and Policy Proposal of Utah Virtual Schools and Students with Disabilities Mellard, Daryl The Center for Research on Learning
Identifying and Understanding Benchmarks of Success among Community Health Systems Improvement Initiatives Francisco, Vincent Center for Community Health and Development
Monitoring and Evaluating Implementation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health State Action Plan Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Mosconi, Matthew
Rural Disparities in Pediatric Obesity: The iAmHealthy Intervention Fleming, Kandace Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Evaluation of High-Risk Pools as an ACA Replacement Strategy Hall, Jean
The influence of coping strategies and emotion dysregulation on the trajectories of peer victimization during middle childhood: A moderated latent growth curve analysis Fite, Paula
Diet quality, parental perceptions, and weight gain among adolescents with an intellectual/developmental disability Forbush, Kelsie
The Evidence Games: Collaborative Games Engaging Middle School Students in the Evaluation of Scientific Evidence Bulgren, Janis
State benchmarking, healthcare outcomes, and implications for people with disabilities. Hall, Jean
Kansas Medicaid: Evaluating Program Satisfaction, Access to Care, and Unmet Needs of Adults with Serious Mental Illness Hall, Jean
Evaluation of Learning Forward, Future Ready Middle School Initiative Craig-Hare, Jana The Center for Research on Learning
Dynamic Assessment of Phonemic Awareness and the Alphabetic Principle Saunders, Kathryn The Life Span Institute at Parsons
Community Health Assessment for Wyandotte County Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
Assessing Dietary and Behavioral Predictors of Weight Gain and Obesity using Computerized Adaptive Testing: Development of the E-Health Collaborative Consortium Forbush, Kelsie
Age(ing) As Future - Future-related activities regarding age and aging in cross-cultural perspective Ekerdt, David
Act Early Ambassadors Kemp, Peggy The Life Span Institute at Parsons
Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPC) Mobility Assignment Smokowski, Paul
Development of a Treatment Decision Model in MS Jarmolowicz, David
Virginia's State Personnel Development Grant Proposal Graner, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
Aerobic Exercise,Alzheimer's Pathophysiology in Preclinical AD Johnson, David
Making Words Disappear or Appear: A Neurocognitive and Behavioral Investigation of Effects of Speech Rate on Spoken Word Recognition Viswanathan, Navin
In-Depth Examination of Diverse Schools with Declining BMIs Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
Investigating Output Modality for a Brain-Computer Interface for Communication Brumberg, Jonathan
Low GI Intake and Toddler Cognitive Performance: A Clinical Study Proposal Colombo, John
NC CLC Project-Swain County Schools Graner, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
NC CLC Project-Johnston County Schools Graner, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
NC CLC Project-Cabarrus County Schools Graner, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports IV McCart, Amy The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth Coalition Evaluation Plan Schultz, Jerry Center for Community Health and Development
Identifying and Understanding Benchmarks of Success among Community Health Systems Improvement Initiatives Francisco, Vincent Center for Community Health and Development
Health for All: Healthy Places that Promote Health Equity among Latinos in Kansas City, KS Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
Examining how exposure to metaphorical framing influences attitudes toward sociopolitical issues Landau, Mark Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
Evaluation of the BMS Foundation's Together on Diabetes Program Schultz, Jerry Center for Community Health and Development
Evaluating control of commercial AAC devices via brain-computer interface by individuals with neuromotor deficits Brumberg, Jonathan Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Project ASPIRE: Achieving Success in Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment Hall, Jean
Prosody in Congenital and Acquired Dysarthria Brumberg, Jonathan
Provide Professional Development and Associated Resources for the Strategic Instruction Model and Content Literacy Continuum Graner, Patricia The Center for Research on Learning
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living White, Glen Center for Community Health and Development
Role of 5-alpha reductase 2 and androgens in Tourette Syndrome Bortolato, Marco
Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Social Media: Supporting Teacher Professional Learning and Student Scientific Argumentation Ellis, James The Center for Research on Learning
Elucidating the Role of Neuroactive Steroids in Tourette Syndrome Bortolato, Marco
Education Training with Fire Fighters and the Deaf Community Sack, Sara The Life Span Institute at Parsons
Stepping Up: Sustainable Implementation of Innovations for Student Achievement (SIISA) Smith, Sean The Center for Research on Learning
Early Childhood Maltreatment and Treatment Outcomes Jackson, Yolanda
Studying Community Programs to Reduce Childhood Obesity Fawcett, Stephen Center for Community Health and Development
DHA Supplementation and Pregnancy Outcomes Colombo, John Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Development of a new approach to screening for language impairments Rice, Mabel
Developing a Research Consortium on Aggression and Drug Abuse Bortolato, Marco
Creating Healthy Places and Spaces to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living Among Latinos in Kansas City, Kansas Collie-Akers, Vicki Center for Community Health and Development
The Schoolwide Integrated Framework For Transformation Center (SWIFT) Sailor, Wayne The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center
Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities Mellard, Daryl, Mellard, Daryl The Center for Research on Learning
Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities Deshler, Donald, Deshler, Donald The Center for Research on Learning
BSCD - Administrative Shell Yr. 5 Rice, Mabel
Twins and Singletons with Specific Language Impairments Rice, Mabel Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Schools: Leadership and Access (ACTS) - Kansas City Wegner, Jane
ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders Rice, Mabel
Vermont MTSS Secondary Transition Academy Erickson, Amy The Center for Research on Learning
Weight Loss and Maintenance for Individuals with IDD Donnelly, Joseph
Adaptation and Validation of a Nutrition Literacy Assessment Instrument Harvey, Susan The Center for Research on Learning
A Randomized Trial of Recommendations for Exercise to Prevent Weight Regain Donnelly, Joseph
Identifying the Social Determinants of Disparities in Advance Care Planning between White and African-American Older Adults Baker, Tamara
Sensory physiology in Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Mosconi, Matthew The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training