Christopher Smith, Ph.D.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
Director, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

Kennedy Krieger Institute
7000 Tudsbury Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Phone: (443) 923-9555

Dr. Smith is the director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and a Faculty in the Center for Women's and Children's Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Smith is Director of Scientific Inquiry at the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Smith received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Colorado with a major in Psychology. He also received his doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas. His doctoral work focused on quantitative and qualitative research methods in special education, public school reform, and public health administration.

Research Summary:

Dr. Smith is responsible for the development and management of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). This is one of 67 Centers of Excellence across the nation funded through the DDA act and partnering with their state's respective DD Council and Protection and Advocacy organizations.

Prior to his work at the MCDD, Dr. Smith was the founder and director of the Center on Quality in Human Services at the University of Kansas Center on Developmental Disabilities. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities, representing work with adults and children with various disabilities. Dr. Smith has served as an investigator for a number of technical assistance, training, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement projects including projects serving consumers with developmental disabilities, early childhood, community action programs, after-school programs and mental health programs. Dr. Smith spent several years as the co-director of a state-wide training project in Kansas that focused on technical assistance and training in the areas of person-centered planning and positive behavior support for persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities. In addition, Dr. Smith has served as the principal investigator for three contracts involving evaluation, quality management, and performance measurement. Dr. Smith has served as a consultant to schools on the implementation and evaluation of school-wide projects, and has published articles related to continuous systems-level assessment and evaluation.

Research Publications:

Smith, C., Howard, W., Broyles, L., Lindeman, D. (In Press). Head Start Staff Satisfaction Data: A case study with policy, funding and capacity-building implications. Dialog, National Head Start Association.

Boswell, K., Zablotsky, B., Smith, C. (In Press). Predictors of Autism Enrollment in a Public School System. Exceptional Children.

Zablotsky, B., Boswell, K., Smith, C. (2012). An evaluation of school involvement and satisfaction of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117 (4), 316-330.

Freeman, R., Smith, C., Zarcone, J., Kimbrough, P., Tieghi-Benet, M., Wickham, D., Reese, M., Hine, K. (2005). Building a statewide plan for embedding positive behavior support in human service organizations. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 7(2), 109-119).

Kidwell, P., Freeman, R., Smith, C., Zarcone, J. (2004). Integrating online instruction with active mentoring to support professionals in applied settings. The Internet and Higher Education, 7(2), 141-150.

Freeman, R.L., Smith, C.L., Tieghi-Benet, M. (2003). Promoting implementation success through the use of continuous systems-level assessment strategies. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5(2), 66-70.

Smith, C. L., Freeman, R. L. (2002). Using Continuous System Level Assessment Methods to Build School Capacity. American Journal of Evaluation.American Journal of Evaluation, 23(3), 307-319.

Sailor, W., Scott, T. M., Nelson, C. M., Freeman, R., Smith, C., Britten, J., McCart, A. (2000). Using information technology to prepare personnel to implement functional behavioral assessment and positive behavioral support. Exceptionality, 8(3), 217-230.