Warren appointed university distinguished professor

Warren appointed university distinguished professor

Karen Salisbury Henry

Steven Warren, professor of Speech, Language and Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and former director of LSI, has been named a university distinguished professor, the highest honor bestowed on a KU faculty member. The appointment is based on an exceptional record of scholarship, participation in university affairs and professional organizations, service to community and the success of students, colleagues and institutions.

Warren’s research in language and language interventions in intellectual and developmental disabilities has influenced views of how family and social environments affect language development. He has produced seminal work on language development and interventions in intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. Since 2000, his research efforts as a principal investigator or co-PI have brought more than $25 million in grant funding to KU.

Warren received the Edgar Doll Award from the American Psychological Association Division 33 in 2013 and the Lifetime Research Achievement Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in 2008. He is an active member of numerous professional societies and civic agency boards and has also provided leadership to directors of the NIH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers network. He served as director of LSI from 2001 to 2008 and as vice chancellor for research and graduate studies and president of the KU Center for Research from 2007 to 2014.

Warren acknowledged the role that his colleagues at LSI played in his appointment as a university distinguished professor. “I wish to thank Nancy Brady, John Colombo and Holly Storkel for nominating me for this honor and to those colleagues who supported my nomination,” he said. “The collaborative, multi-disciplinary nature of LSI in combination with its superb staff has been essential to whatever success I’ve had as a scholar. It really does ‘take a village.’”