The Biobehavioral Approaches to Neurodevelopmental Disorders Initiative
The University of Kansas is pleased to announce an initiative in the area of Biobehavioral Approaches to Neurodevelopmental Disorders that will include new faculty positions. KU is looking for top talent in this area to develop innovative breakthroughs in etiological mechanisms, preventive approaches and intervention methods to reduce the challenges for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.
The Biobehavioral Approaches to Neurodevelopmental Disorders initiative builds on a history of research excellence at KU in this area over the last fifty years and lays the foundation for new directions of discovery.
- Translational research
- Behavioral assessments
- Early identification of affected individuals
- Teaching and intervention
- Etiological factors.
- Genomics studies
- Big data instrumentation and next generation quantitative analysis
- Genetic studies of humans and animal models
- Advancing biobehavioral phenotypes of neurodevelopmental disorder
This cross-disciplinary initiative bridges behavioral neurosciences and genetics to make discoveries in neurodevelopmental disorders and translational science and to develop graduate curriculum to prepare scientists of the future.
The initiative is based in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences which has authorized faculty searches for three academic units and one research center that are all highly competitive and well ranked programs with long histories of research excellence:
- The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally
- The Clinical Child Psychology Doctoral Program currently ranks fifth in the U.S.
- The Child Language Doctoral Program is an innovative cross-disciplinary doctoral program continuously funded by NIH T32 training grant awards for the past 25 years
- The Life Span Institute supports these programs and features a portfolio of external awards in excess of $28M, including an NICHD-funded Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center continuously since 1967
Due to the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of this new initiative, applicants for one position will be considered for a position in all three departments. Ranks vary from assistant professor to Foundation Professor, depending on experience and program needs.
KU is vigorously investing in its future by creating 64 new faculty positions, 12 of which will be Foundation Professor positions for faculty who will join our drive to the top among our fellow AAU institutions.
Individuals who want to engage in our effort to enhance human health and development locally and across the globe are encouraged to apply. KU is committed to promoting well-being and finding cures through research that spans pharmaceutical science and neurological studies, age-related health needs, speech and language, cancer therapies and more.
Danny J. Anderson
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Director, Life Span Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
Erik A. Lundquist
Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Associate Dean for the Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mabel L. Rice
Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies
Ric G. Steele, Jr.
Professor, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, Clinical Child Psychology Program
Holly L. Storkel
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders
Steven F. Warren
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies