Charles Greenwood, Ph.D.

Charles R. Greenwood, Ph.D.

Charles Greenwood

Dr. Charles Greenwood’s research is focused on evidence-based interventions. He has received KU’s highest award for research (the Irvin Youngberg Research Achievement Award in Applied Science) and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He directed Juniper Gardens Children’s Project from 1990 to 2017, which earned the Research Award of the Council for Exceptional Children for contributions to evidence-based practice, measurement, and for the training of researchers. Dr. Greenwood is also Co-Director of the Clinical Outcomes/Biobehavioral Technology Core in the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

Investigator Juniper Gardens Children's Project
Senior Scientist Life Span Institute

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Utah
M.S., School Psychology, University of Utah
B.S., Psychology, University of Utah

Contact Information


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


913-321-3143, ext. 2601

Research Interests

Dr. Greenwood is interested in understanding how changing the environments of children and youth in urban, high-risk communities leads to improvements in social wellbeing and academic achievement which is the mission of our Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP). Issues under investigation range across children with and without disabilities and their families who are culturally and linguistically diverse. His work is focused on issues related to the use of research to: (a) inform caregiving and educational practice and professional development in local preschools and schools, (b) develop new approaches to measuring early intervention results linked to social valid outcomes, and (b) scaling-up effective intervention practices.

  • Community-engaged research
  • Impacts of poverty and disability on development
  • Behavioral and educational measurement
  • Behavioral and academic interventions
  • Statistical Methods
  • Technology applications
  • Research Training and Preparation

Professional Service

1972-1977 Principal Investigator, Center at Oregon for Research in the Behavioral Education of the Handicapped, University of Oregon, Eugene. 1977-78 Research Affiliate, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene. 1978-89 Research Director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project, University of Kansas. 1989-present Full Professor (1989-present), Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and Department of Special Education, University of Kansas 1989-present Senior Scientist, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of KS 1991-present Director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas 1991-2000 Risk, Intervention, and Prevention Theme Leader, Kansas University Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 2001-present CoDirector, Biobehavioral Measurement Core, Kansas University Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 2004-present Treasurer, Children’s Campus of Kansas City, Inc. 1992 Recipient of the Research Award, Council for Educational Diagnostic Services, Council for Exceptional Children 1993 Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 25 1996 Recipient of the Annual Research Award, Council for Exceptional Children, Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Charles R. Greenwood, Director, 1999 Publication Award Recipient, Teacher Education and Special Education, Volumes 20 and 24 2001 Recipient of the Fred S. Keller Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Education, Division 25, American Psychological Association 1997-2007 Statistical Advisor, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 2002-present Member, OSEP, USDE Standing Proposal Review Panel 2005-present Advisory Board, School Psychology Review 2005-present Chair, IES/Special Education Research Center, Combined Special Education Proposal Review Panel. 2006 Nominee, Higuchi Research Achievement Award, University of Kansas. 2007-present Member, NCSER, IES, USDE Early Childhood Standing Review Panel


Professor Charles Greenwood received the Higuchi Award for Applied Sciences in 2008. The Higuchi award was established by Takeru and Aya Higuchi to recognize research accomplishments of faculty at Kansas Boards of Regents insstitutions. The four Research Achievement Awards are named for four individuals: Balfour S. Jeffrey, Olin K. Petefish, Dolph Simons, and Irvin E. Youngberg (Dr. Greenwood), to honor them and to recognize their contributions to the KU research program. In describing these honorees, Professor Highchi stated: "They gave themselves unselfishly for the betterment of the university and the state."