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Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education and Human Sciences

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The Center for At-Risk Children's Services

The Center for At-Risk Children's Services (CACS) research center is committed to developing and evaluating services for children, families, schools, mental health agencies, and communities. CACS researchers develop and evaluate innovative programs to serve families and youth with emotional, behavioral, or academic needs. We specialize in literacy programs for young children, youth with significant emotional and behavioral needs, youth in and out-of-home placements, and youth involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Our faculty have obtained over $15 million in federal grants in recent years, including projects from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Health to examine methods for reintegrating youth from out-of-home placements back into their community school, design interventions for improving literacy skills among young students, investigate the relationship between the quality of program implementation and youth mental health outcomes, and evaluate the effectiveness of the three-tiered model for addressing the behavioral and emotional needs of students in school-based settings.

We currently are accepting applications for our Doctoral Program in Special Education.

CACS Faculty and Staff

Co-Directors: Michael Epstein and Ron Nelson
Alex Trout
Kristin Duppong Hurley
Annette Griffith
Lori Synhorst
Pam Webb
Ken Gallagher
Mary Dinger

For more information, please contact CACS at 402-472-6252