Nine women, one in a wheelchair, smile at the camera.









The Kansas Disability and Health Program (DHP) is a partnership of three University of Kansas research centers: the Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies (IHDPS), the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL), and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD). All are part of KU's Life Span Institute. 


  • Jean Hall, Ph.D., IHDPS Director and KUMC Professor-
  • Noelle Kurth, M.S., Assistant Researcher Senior -
  • Kim Bruns, M.S., Program Coordinator -
  • Dot Nary, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Research and Training on Independent Living, Switzer Fellow
  • Karrie Shogren, Ph.D., Senior Scientist 
  • Sheli Cohen, Student Research Assistant 

These staff members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide oversight of the Kansas DHP:

  • JoAnn Thierry - Team Lead, Disability Policy, Intervention, and Programs Team
  • Lisa Sinclair - Project Officer.

Contact Us:

University of Kansas
Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies
Life Span Institute
1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm 1052
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-7046 (Voice & TTY)
785-864-7799 (Fax)

Pictured above, from left: Kim Bruns, Jean Hall, Noelle Kurth, Dot Nary, Karrie Shogren, JoAnn Thierry, Val Renault, Martha Hodgesmith, and Lisa Sinclair.

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