Hayley Burghart is the Research Project Coordinator for the RTC on Promoting Interventions for Community Living. She recently received her M.S.E. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kansas. During her graduate career she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) math assessment development team, where she worked to adapt state assessments for increased accessibility for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Hayley also has experience working as a Mental Health Specialist at the Family Service and Guidance Center of Topeka. There she worked one-on-one as well as in group settings with children and adolescents with Severe Emotional Disturbances.
With her background in education, Hayley’s research interests include translating educational research into classroom practice; growth trajectories and inequalities in early childhood education; and school program evaluation. As she has immersed herself in the Independent Living movement, Hayley has become increasingly interested in the ways in which individualized interventions can support persons with disabilities to become more engaged in their communities by addressing home and community barriers.