Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center

Research and Evaluation

At the Rose F. Kennedy (RFK) UCEDD, our research and evaluation aims to improve the health, functioning, and community inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities. With a foundation in the multidisciplinary Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC), projects are grounded in clinical experience. Persons with developmental disabilities help design, implement, and develop projects. 

Our research and evaluation portfolio spans clinical, community, and policy initiatives. This breadth supports a focus on the social determinants of health.  Our portfolio reflects the needs and voices of the diverse populations served at RFK CERC, throughout the Bronx, and beyond. An active Community Advisory Committee provides input and support.  

If you are interested in collaborating on a project, contact Karen Bonuck PhD., Research Director, Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD at 718 430 4085 or  All proposals involving CERC clinicians, trainees, and/or patients require approval. 



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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