Erik W. Carter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Wisconsinâ€“Madison, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Dr. Carterâ€™s research, teaching, and writing focus on effective strategies for including youth and young adults with disabilities meaningfully in schools and communities. He is the author of Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2007) and co-author of Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2008) and The Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work! (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2000). Prior to receiving his doctorate from Vanderbilt University, he was a high school transition teacher in San Antonio, Texas.
Lisa S. Cushing, Ph.D., BCBA, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 3233 EPASW, 1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Dr. Cushing holds a doctorate in special education from the University of Oregon. Before her tenure at UIC, Dr. Cushing served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University of South Florida. She has published more than 20 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of peer supports, social interaction, instructional supports, access to the general education, transition, secondary education, inclusion, technical assistance, and positive behavior supports. She sits on the editorial board for The Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Cushing was a special educator for students with significant disabilities in Hawaii.
Craig H. Kennedy, Ph.D., BCBA, Chair, Special Education Department, and Professor of Special Education and Pediatrics, Box 328, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Dr. Kennedy is Chair of the Special Education Department and Professor of Special Education and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University and is a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator. He also is Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Behavior Analysis Clinic. Dr. Kennedy received a master of science degree in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in special education with an emphasis in quantitative sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Kennedy has published more than 140 scholarly works, including the book Single-Case Designs for Educational Research (Allyn & Bacon, 2005). He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps.
He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association for Behavior Analysis, Society for Neuroscience, and TASH. He also serves on the editorial boards of many highly respected peer-reviewed journals.
In 1991, Dr. Kennedy received TASHâ€™s Alice H. Hayden Award, and in 1993, he received the B.F. Skinner New Research Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 25. He was also recognized in 2003 for his research excellence by Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.