Professor Emerita of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Disability policy issues, family-based caregiving, and health services for people with disabilities. Research consists of several longitudinal studies of families with a child with disabilities.
The ability to take a life span perspective and to examine antecedents and consequences of changes in families has enriched findings and yielded unexpected results, and then teach students to learn about the varieties of human experiences.
Brandeis University, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Distinguished Research Award, The Arc - U.S. (2001 - 2002)
Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award, given by the National Down Syndrome Congress (2000 - 2001)
Chair, Mass. Governor's Commission on Mental Retardation (1993 - 1999)
Associate Editor, Mental Retardation (1992)
Award for Research, Mass. Chapter, American Association on Mental Retardation (1992)
Board of Directors, Special Olympics International (1992 - 2002)
Councillor, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (1992 - 1995)
Excellence in Research Award, Boston Institute for Development of Infants and Parents, Inc., for collaborative study on early intervention (1992)
Fellow, Association on Mental Retardation (1992)
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Future Leaders Award (1990)