Band Initiative

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.

Established Strengths

  • Translational research
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Early identification of affected individuals
  • Teaching and intervention
  • Etiological factors.

Emerging Strengths

  • 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: 


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.

Position Descriptions

Associated Faculty

Danny J. Anderson
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

John Colombo
Director, Life Span Institute

Robert Fiorentino
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics

Erik A. Lundquist
Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Jim Mielke
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


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.