Advisory Committees

As part of our work, the Shriver Center is fortunate to have a number of experts participate on advisory committees to help provide oversight and guidance to our work. We currently have two committees in place – the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) Scientific Advisory Committee and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Consumer Advisory Committee.

IDDRC Scientific Advisory Committee

The members of our External Scientific Advisory Committee are eminent scientists in the fields of biomedical, biobehavioral, and behavioral science relevant to intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each is familiar with the national IDDRC program and/or has substantial experience in managing the challenges of promoting successful multidisciplinary programs.  Their advisory input will assist us to develop further our IDDRC and to optimize progress in fulfilling our short- and longer-term objectives. In particular, our External Scientific Advisory Committee was constituted to help us increase the number of IDDRC research and research training projects that partner basic, translational, and clinical researchers and; to promote multi-institutional collaborations within the IDDRC national network.

Leonard Abbeduto
Director, M.I.N.D. Institute
Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair
University of California, Davis

Michael Cataldo
Director, Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities Research Center
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Allen Counter
Professor of Neurology and Neurophysiology
Harvard Medical School

Wim Crusio
Director of Research
Centre de Neurosciences Integrative et Cognitives
University of Bordeaux

Scott Pomeroy
Chair, Dept. of Neurology
Children's Hospital Boston
Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School

Travis Thompson
Center for Neurobehavioral Development
University of Minnesota

UCEDD Consumer Advisory Committee

The UCEDD Consumer Advisory Committee provides advice and assistance to the UCEDD on project development, progress on project and program objectives and suggestions for new initiatives. Advisory committee members have been invited to work with us based on their personal and professional experiences that make them each uniquely expert in the range of issues that impact upon the lives of people with disability. The committee consists of:

  • individuals with personal life experiences as a person with disability
  • family members of people with developmental disability
  • representatives of state agencies serving people with disability, and, other organizations funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Susan Alperen

Joseph Bellil

Mary Blauvelt

Kristen Britton

Lora Brugnaro

Susan Crossley

David Helm

Bridget Homes-Jacobs

Amjad Kemal

Elena Kemal

Sidney Liang

Andrea Berkman Strumpf

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