Hawaii State Improvement Grant II


Photo: Robert Stodden

Robert A. Stodden, Ph.D., Principal Investigator & Associate Professor, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Professionally trained in Psychology, Special Education, and Rehabilitation, Dr. Stodden has served more than twenty-five years as a national leader in the fields of special education, school to adult transition, postsecondary education, and employment for persons with disabilities. Since 1988, he has served as the founding Director of the Center on Disability Studies (a University Center for Excellence) and professor of special education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He also serves as the originator and director of the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES) and the National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) for the Employment of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Stodden has served as principal investigator/director for more than 100 research and training projects focused upon improving the quality of life for all persons with disabilities. He has been a keynote speaker and invited presenter for many international and national conferences, and has served as a consultant within numerous foreign countries and for more than 20 different states within the United States. In 1995, Dr. Stodden was selected as a Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation Senior Policy Fellow, working in the United States Senate to develop and draft policy language for major pieces of disability legislation. He serves on policy committees of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Division on Development Disabilities, International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

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