Advancement of knowledge about families who have a member with an intellectual and developmental disabilities

Investigators & Staff

Principal Investigators

Staff Members group photo
From left to right: Jan Greenberg, Jieun Song, Emily Hilton, Leann Smith DaWalt, Arezoo Movaghar, Marsha Mailick, Jinkuk Hong, Nell Maltman, and Renee Makuch. (August 2019)

Current Trainees

  • Nell Maltman, 2019-
    Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Arezoo Movaghar, 2015-
    2015-2019 Graduate Student
    2020- Post-Doctoral Fellow 

Alumni of the Lifespan Family Research Program

  • Jan S. Greenberg, PhD, Lifespan Family Research Lab Co-Founder
    Professor Emeritus, Social Work
  • Kelly Aschbrenner, 2002-2007
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and the Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Jason Baker, 2009-2011     
    Associate Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • Erin Barker, 2008-2011
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal Canada
  • Lauren Bishop, 2015-2017
    Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Somer Bishop, 2007-2009
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • Wai Chan, 2014-2016
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Rita Chou, 2000-2002
    Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of South Carolina
  • Liza Conyers, 1996-1998
    Professor, School of Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • Leann Smith DaWalt, 2006-2008
    Director, University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Anna Esbensen, 2004-2006
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Elizabeth Essex, 1994-1998
    Emeritus Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Governor’s State University, University Park, Illinois
  • Shubha Ghosh, 2004-2010
    Senior Program Manager for Population Health and Safety, SEIU 775 Benefits Group, Seattle Washington
  • Jung-Hwa Ha, 2006-2008
    Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Seoul National University
  • Sigan Hartley, 2008-2010
    Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Hea-Won Kim, 1992-1998
    Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Indiana University
  • Daniel Laxman, 2014-2016
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Utah
  • Lydia Li, 1996-2000
    Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Matthew Maenner, 2011-2013
    Epidemiologist and Surveillance Team Lead, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sandra Magana, 1998-2000
    Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • Eun Ha Namkung, 2011-2017
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lurie Institute, Heller School, Brandeis University
  • Gael Orsmond, 1997-2000
    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Boston University
  • Susan Parish, 2001-2003
    Dean, College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Paul Shattuck, 2001-2005
    Associate Professor of Public Health, Center for Autism, Drexel University
  • Matthew Smith, 2002-2006
    Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Julie Lounds Taylor, 2003-2005
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University
  • Jen Wong, 2010-2013
    Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences, Ohio State University
  • Ashley Woodman, 2012-2014
    Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst