Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore

Research and Evaluation

Our clinicians and trainees conduct research on autism interventions (e.g., Early Start Denver, Coping Cats). RFK CERC partners with national research networks, including Autism Intervention Research on Physical Health (AIR-P), the Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Research Network (DBPNet), and the SPARKS genetic screening study. With the ongoing involvement of persons with IDD and their families/caretakers, our UCEDD conducts applied research, evaluation, and public policy analysis. In the past 2 years, this has included the perception of Covid-19 vaccines in the I/DD community and child sleep in Head Start.

Our UCEDD is leading the “Disability as Diversity: Reducing Researcher Roadblocks (D2/R3)” study to identify and impact researcher-facing factors that lead to I/DD under-representation in studies. This project is funded by the 2023 renewal of the Einstein-Montefiore Institute research project of the Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research grant (NCATS: 1-UM1TR004400).

Contact us

Rose F. Kennedy CERC Interim Director:
Lisa H. Shulman, MD

Research Director:  
Karen Bonuck, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator:
Maria del Rosario Valicente-McDermott, M.D., M.S.



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