autism research

Meet Our Team

Jean Ann Summers, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Associate Director

Beach Center on Disability

University of Kansas

Autism Research Role: Consultant


Beach Center on Disability

University of Kansas

1200 Sunnyside, Room 3144

Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Phone:   785-864-7602
Fax:   785-864-7605
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Ph.D.: Special Education, University of Kansas

B.G.S.: Human Development, University of Kansas

Jean Ann Summers, Ph.D.


Jean Ann Summers is the Associate Director of the Beach Center on Disability and a Research Professor at the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas. She has more than 30 years of experience conducting research and developing intervention or professional development related to disability issues, including early childhood/early intervention, and family support and partnerships with families of children and adults with disabilities. She was a member of the research team at the Beach Center which developed the Family Quality of Life Scale in use in this project, as well as the Family Professional Partnerships Scale. She also has been involved as a team member on consortium research projects (for example, the Early Head Start Longitudinal Research Consortium) and as a qualitative researcher on mixed-design study teams. Her work on this grant has grown from a long association with Towson University, including participation in the initial Maryland surveys of Waiver and Registry families, which led to the development of this current research project. Dr. Summers will participate primarily in Study 2, including the qualitative study, the analysis and revision of the statewide survey for distribution in Phase 2 of Study 2, and in the interpretation of results and production of reports and manuscripts.

• View Dr. Summers' CV (PDF)





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