UW Graduate School

Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities prepares graduate students in health, behavioral, educational and related fields of study to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) across the lifespan. Participation in on-line, seminar, and direct clinical observations will ensure students gain competency in: recognizing the clinical presentation of DD, the approach to interdisciplinary collaboration for assessment and diagnosis of DD, family centered care, policy and advocacy skills, and approach to systems of care including transition to adulthood. Supported by the Center on Human Development and Disability, the dynamic intersection of dozens of UW graduate departments involved in DD issues, the certificate allows students to enhance and strengthen their interprofessional learning from a multitude of resources.

Program website

Degree(s)/Certificate(s) offered

  • Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

Program director/interdisciplinary group co-chairs

  • Michael J. Guralnick, Professor, Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics
  • Beth Ellen Davis, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Primary Staff Contact

  • Sue Wendel, Program Director

Interdisciplinary Faculty Group Membership

The following are the core/voting Graduate Faculty members of the interdisciplinary group.  For a complete list of faculty active in the program, see the program website.

  • Susan Astley, Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Pediatrics
  • Raphael Bernier, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Sharan Brown, Research Professor, College of Education
  • Truman Coggins, Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Beth Ellen Davis, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Annette Estes, Research Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Michael J. Guralnick, Professor, Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics
  • Fuki Hisama, Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Kurt Johnson, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Ilene Schwartz, Professor, College of Education
  • Susan Spieker, Professor, School of Nursing