MSU’s Research Framework

Faculty groups across MSU have developed research themes to aligned with university-standard expertise and internationally-established research priorities. MSU has aligned this framework with the research mission of the DOCTRID Research Institute.

The five research areas below represent critical research that is needed globally in the areas of autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy.

  1. Lifespan Developmental Issues
  2. Measurement, Assessment and Diagnostic Issues
  3. Intervention and Implementation Science
  4. Etiology and Prevention Science
  5. Family, Cultural and Societal Issues

The interplay of these five themes are illustrated in the diagram below:5 Themes

Initiative Structure

RAIND's mission is to establish a research program that addresses the etiology, prevention, assessment and evidence-based treatment of neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan.

We address the critical needs of people with autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on their quality of life, and that of their families. We aim to educate larger society about neurodevelopmental disabilities and lead initiatives to establish an accepting and supportive cultural environment.

RAIND is a broad coalition of MSU scholars and practitioners who use research, training, outreach and other service to serve the needs of the neurodevelopmental disabled community.

MSU colleges with faculty actively contributing to this effort include:

  • Arts & Letters
  • Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Extension
  • Human Medicine
  • Music
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Outreach & Engagement
  • Social Science

Two co-directors guide the initiative, Michael Leahy,  University Distinguished Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE) and Director of the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies; and Nigel Paneth, M.D., M.P.H., University Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics. They are supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. The initiative works closely with the DOCTRID Research Institute on autism and intellectual disability (a coalition of 14 Irish universities, MSU, UMass Medical School, Designability Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, and the Daughters of Charity Service in Dublin Ireland):

RAIND Structure