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Michael J. Guralnick

As a comprehensive interdisciplinary center dedicated to making a positive contribution to the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, the Center on Human Development and Disability supports a wide range of research, clinical service, professional training, dissemination, and community outreach activities.


Michael J. Guralnick

Michael J. Guralnick

The CHDD opened on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle in 1969 in a complex of four newly constructed buildings. The Center now involves more than 600 faculty and staff as well as a large number of graduate and post-graduate level trainees in its numerous activities on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The CHDD is one of the few centers in the United States which is composed of two major federally funded core programs, a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), combined in one comprehensive center.

Our IDDRC is one of 12 original research centers nationwide authorized by legislation signed by President Kennedy in 1963 with continuing core support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. There are now 14 such centers. The purpose of these research centers is to study the underlying causes of intellectual and other developmental disabilities and to develop behavioral and biomedical techniques that can prevent disabilities from occurring entirely or minimize their impact.

The same 1963 law authorized centers, now known as UCEDDs, to train professionals within an interdisciplinary framework, to provide clinical services, to develop programs to be used as models in the community, and to evaluate and disseminate information. Advocacy and policy development on behalf of the community of individuals with disabilities are also important functions of the UCEDD. Continuing core support is provided by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

I invite you to browse our website for descriptions of our many activities and links to other web resources related to the field of developmental disabilities.

Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D.
Director, Center on Human Development and Disability
Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

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