Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center


At the Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD, research is a key part of our mission of improving the social determinants of health among persons with developmental disabilities. Since the RFK UCEDD is connected to our multidisciplinary evaluation and rehabilitation center, RFK CERC, we are in a unique position to conduct research originating from clinical experience. Moreover, persons with developmental disabilities serve a critical role in the design, implementation, and development of our research.

Our project conducts clinical, community-oriented, and policy research geared towards improving the health, functioning, and community inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities. Some of our recent and ongoing clinical research include topics such as:

• Stress in parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities
• Language development
• Age of diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
• Sleep habits and perceptions among teens with learning disabilities
• Risk factors in obesity in children with developmental disabilities
• Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI) implementation in NYC

Our research interests extend to the evaluation of disability related policy, legislation, and regulations. In partnership with the Fordham University School of Law and the Bronx Defenders, we are currently building a new collaborative Health Education Advocacy and Law (HEAL) project.

We disseminate the results of our research within the Rose F. Kennedy Center and to the community through our Community Advisory Committee meetings. Our research reflects the needs and voices of the diverse populations we serve here in the Bronx.

Contact us

CERC Director:
Theodore A. Kastner, M.D. 
Co-Director, Rose F. Kennedy Center

Research Director:  
Karen Bonuck, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator:
Maria del Rosario Valicente-McDermott, M.D., M.S.



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