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Christopher Vatland, PhD

Christopher Vatland, PhD

Research Assistant Professor and PBS Certificate Academic Coordinator

Phone: 813-974-0452
Office: MHC 2105

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Chris Vatland is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. He works within the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities and also serves as Director of the Developmental Disabilities focus area of the Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Program.

Dr. Vatland is involved in a number of research and development projects within the department in the areas of systems change in schools and early education environments, family engagement and support, and individualized behavior intervention in school, home, and community settings. He currently leads a project to develop and coordinate training and support to community agencies that work with parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. He is also engaged in research and support efforts through his work with Florida’s Positive Behavioral Interventions Support Project, Program-Wide Support for Pyramid Model Implementation, and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities.

Dr. Vatland received his M.Ed. in Family and Community Studies in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Oregon in 2012. Dr Vatland also completed post-doctoral training at the University of Nebraska’s Munroe-Meyer Institute and the University of South Florida. He spent more than two decades in the disability field in various capacities from direct-care support to program development and management. During that time, he saw a need for improvement in support cohesion across settings and improved supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. This interest is reflected in his current research and program development efforts.