Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

Brian Boyd

Dr. ​​​​​Brian Boyd is Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a position he has held since 2018. He is only the third director of the influential research group in its 53-year history. Prior, he was the associate professor of occupational science and associate chair for research of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Boyd was previously a fellow and investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC at Chapel Hill. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator of several grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and Institute of Education Sciences to develop and evaluate outcome measures as well as focused intervention practices and comprehensive treatment models for young children with autism.

Dr. Boyd's areas of research include:

  • Restricted, repetitive behaviors in autism

  • Development and evaluation of behavioral interventions

  • Identifying and disseminating evidence-based practices for young children with autism

  • Community-based research

Investigator Juniper Gardens Children's Project
Juniper Gardens Children's Project

Senior Scientist
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies

Contact Information


Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914


Research Interests

Community-engaged research; development and evaluation of evidence-based practices; restricted, repetitive behaviors and interests in autism spectrum disorders

Professional Service

Standing Panel Member, Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities, NIH Study Section

Associate Editor, American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Editorial Board Member (for all of the following journals), Autism: The International Journal of Research & Practice, Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention, Infants and Young Children, Journal of Early Intervention, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education


R324A160033 (IES/ US DOED)
07/01/16 – 06/30/20 
Promoting ASAP Collaboration through Technology (PACT): An Intervention Modification to Enhance Home-School Partnerships To develop a customized website and test the potential efficacy of its use in supporting home-school implementation of the ASAP intervention for preschool-aged children with ASD

12/10/14 – 11/30/19 
Behavioral Inflexibility in IDD: Outcome Measurement To develop and psychometrically validate an outcome measure for repetitive and inflexible behaviors that can be used in clinical trials for IDD populations.

Awarded in 2016 the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)