Debra Kamps, Ph.D.

Debra W. Kamps, Ph.D.

Debra Kamps

Investigator Juniper Gardens Children's Project
Director, Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training
Associate Director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project
Senior Scientist

Ph.D. Special Education, Emotional Disturbance, University of Kansas, 1983
M.S., Special Education, Emotional Disturbance, University of Kansas, 1975
B.A., Psychology, University of Missouri, 1974

Contact Information


444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Juniper Gardens
Kansas City, KS 66101


Research Interests

  • Evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Positive behavior supports and classroom management intervention
  • Effective instruction and cooperative learning strategies
  • Peer mediated interventions to promote social-communication development
  • Technology to enhance interventions for children and adults with disabilities


Debra Kamps, PhD. in 2012 was one of 6 recipients of KU's Women of the Year Awards presented by the Emily Taylor Resource Center

 Dr. Debra Kamps is an outstanding research scientist whose 35-year career has benefit children with severe behavioral, emotional and developmental disabilities through the development of research-based practices for educators and other practitioners, families, individuals themselves and hence the field, the state of Kansas, and beyond. She is noted by colleagues and students as a gifted leader, leading by example, mentoring, and excelling at balancing research objectives with the demands on practitioners and research partners. Her career has been a model of research-to-practice and devoted service to the disability community.