Michelle C. Reynolds, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor, Associate Director - Training and Technical Assistance UMKC-Institute for Human Development (UCEDD)
Department(s) of Biomedical and Health Informatics
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Education and Background

Ph.D. - Public Administration and Sociology - University of Missouri - Kansas City
M.O.T. - Occupational Therapy - Rockhurst University

Meet Michelle Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds is an Associate Professor at UMKC School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Health informatics and the Associate Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the UMKC Institute for Human Development, a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She joined UMKC in 1997 while completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University and completed her doctorate from UMKC in 2011. She currently is leading a national effort to develop a Charting the LifeCourse framework which provides a theoretical foundation for policy, practice and systems change within systems that provide supports to people with disabilities. She is the Co-Director of the National Community of Practice on Supports to Families with Members with Developmental Disabilities, with her partners at the National Association for Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, which focuses on transformative policy and practice change for enhancing person- and family-centered outcomes. She also directs the Missouri Family to Family Resource Center which provides informational and emotional supports to families and professionals in Missouri impacted by developmental disability. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014 to serve as a Citizen Member on the President’s Committee for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Washington, D.C. Her passion for the developmental disability field comes from growing up as a sibling to a younger brother who has a developmental disability.

Research Summary

Community Based Applied Research focusing on family-centered and person-centered practice and policy change within the long-term service and support systems, educational systems and medical systems, Implementation Science for enhancing research to practice, family systems theory, family support, self-determination, life course health development model, socio-ecological model, participatory action research, competency based curriculum development, organizational and systems change