Glen White, Ph.D.

Glen White, Ph.D.

Glen White

Active in the rehabilitation and independent living field for more than 30 years, Dr. White currently directs the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas and is principal investigator of both the Research and Training Center (RTC) on Community Living and the RTC on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living.

He has served as president of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers and chair of the American Public Health Association's Disability Forum.
White is a professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, with his teaching and research interests in the area of behavioral and community psychology and disability studies. He also directs the Research Group on Rehabilitation and Independent Living (RGRIL) at the University of Kansas. He has a joint academic appointment with the University of Kansas School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine.

A Phi Beta Delta inductee for international scholarly achievement and a recent National Award winner, White has had several national appointments. These include serving on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Environment and Health National Advisory Committee, and as a board member of the 21-member Commission on National and Community Service (renamed the Corporation for National and Community Service), serving under Presidents Bush Sr. and Clinton.

He currently serves as chair of the International Committee for the National Council on Disability and board member of the United States International Council on Disability.

Investigator, Center for Community Health and Development, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities,
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Developmental Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 1991
M.A., Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 1988
M.S., Educational Psychology and Counseling, Winona State University, 1980
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Winona State University, 1973

Contact Information


4089 Dole Center, 1000 Sunnyside Ave. 
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561 


Research Interests

Dr. White has a strong interest in conducting research and training activities in the areas of full community participation, disaster preparation and emergency response for people with disabilities and advocacy. He continues to conduct research and training activities with disability organizations in Perú.


White, G. W., Suchowierska, M., & Campbell, M. (2004). Strategies for a systematic implementation of participatory action research in community research.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85, S3-S12.

White, G. W. & Yen, T. H. Vo (2006). Requesting accommodations to increase full participation in higher education: An analysis of self-advocacy training for postsecondary students with disabilities. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 14(1), 41-56.             

Kim, K., Fox, M., & White, G. (2006). Comparing outcomes of persons choosing consumer-directed or agency-directed personal assistance services. Journal of Rehabilitation, 72(2), 32-43.                                                                              
Rowland, J.L., White, G.W., & Wyatt, D.A. (2006). Analysis of an Intervention to Reduce or Prevent Secondary Conditions Among People with Newly-Diagnosed Spinal Cord Injuries. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 13(3), 261-269.

Fox, M. L., White, G. W., Rooney, C., & Rowland, J. (2007). Disaster preparedness and response for persons with mobility impairments: Results from the University of Kansas Nobody Left Behind Study. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 17, 196-205.

Ravesloot, C. R., Seekins, T., Cahill, A., Lindgren, S., Nary, D. E., & White, G. W. (2007).  Health promotion for people with disabilities: Development and evaluation of the Living Well with a Disability Program. Health Education Research, 22(4), 522-531.

Rooney, C., & White, G. W.  (2007). Consumer perspective: A narrative analysis of a disaster preparedness and emergency response survey from persons with mobility impairments.  Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 17,  206-215. 

Rowland, J. L., White, G. W., Fox, M. L., & Rooney, C.  (2007). Emergency response training practices to assist people with disabilities: Analysis of a sample of current practices and recommendations for future training programs.  Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 17, 216-222. 

Froehlich-Grobe, K., Figoni, S. F., Thompson, C., & White, G. W. (2008).  Exploring the health of women with mobility impairments. Women and Health, 48, 21-41. 

Froehlich-Grobe, K., Andresen, E. M., Caburnay, C., & White, G. W.  (2008). Measuring health-related quality of life for persons with mobility impairments: An enabled version of the Short-form 36 (SF-36E). Quality of Life Research, 17, 751-770. 

Submitted for Publication

White, G. W., Simpson, J.L., Gonda, C., Ravesloot, C. R., & Coble, Z. (under review). From Independence to Interdependence: A Conceptual Model for Better Understanding Community Participation of Centers for Independent Living Consumers.  Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Book Chapters

In Press:
Arango, J.C., White, G. W., Kielhofner, G., Odoms-Young, A., & Wilkins-Turner, F. (in press).  Exploring cultural competence. In. F. E. Balcazar, Y. Suarez-Balcazar, T. Ritzler, & C. Keys (Eds.) Race, Culture and Disability: Rehabilitation Research and Practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

White, G. W. (in press).  Ableism. In G. Nelson and I. Prilleltensky (Eds.), Community psychology: In pursuit of wellness and liberation (2nd Ed.). London: MacMillan.

White, G. W. (in press). In G. Krahn & C. Drum (Eds.).  Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness and Public Health Response for People with Disabilities.  In Drum, C.E., Krahn, G.L., & Bersani, Jr., H. (Eds.), Disability in Public Health. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association & American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


White, G. W., & Mathews, R. M.  (1993). Access Area Measurement Apparatus.  United States Patent Number 5,212,890.  US Patent Office, Washington, DC.    


White, G.W., & Nary, D.E. (2003). Ed Roberts: His Words, His Vision. Lawrence, KS: Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas.