Kids in Context Research Lab
Our lab is led by Dr. Wendy Coster. We collaborate with health care professionals and families to design instruments to better understand the quality of life in children with disabilities. Current research activities are listed below.
- Participation and Environment Project (PEP) – Funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Oct 2007- Present)
- PEDI-CAT for Autistic Spectrum Disorders Project (PEDI ASD-CAT) – Funded by National Institute of Health (Oct 2009-Present) This project is also called “Computer Adaptive Testing of Adaptive Behavior in Children and Youth with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.”
We believe that the design of an assessment can shape people’s perceptions about the children they are assessing. Therefore, we aim to design instruments that accurately represent the richness and complexity of the lives of children with and without disabilities. Guided by the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, our measures focus on activity and participation, and the impact of the environment of the lives of children and youth. Our goal is to provide families, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers with meaningful information to guide their efforts to achieve optimal quality of life for all children.