C-RAIND's Strategic Plan

 Research Theme

C-RAIND’s research is focused on the critical transition periods of conception to birth, pre-school to school, high school to adulthood, and aging, and will improve the outcomes and efficacy of these transition periods.

Conception to Birth

This research investigates the causes and mechanisms that lie behind the development of neurodevelopmental disabilities. A growing body of evidence supports the link between the fetal environment and childhood and adult health outcomes. Through our research we will be able to better assess these relationships, their interactions, and the potential role of prenatal factors on cognitive and behavioral outcomes in children.

Pre-school to School

This research investigates early intervention practices; studying the use, training, and dissemination of evidence-based practices to parents, educators, policy-makers, and administrators; and implementing evidence-based best practices in community based settings. There is a particular focus on the engagement of families in children’s educational experiences and parenting approaches that support school readiness. 

High School to Adulthood

This research investigates evidence-based practices, vocational services and interventions that lead to successful school-to-work transition and employment outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, identifying the vocational needs of transition-age students with a strong focus on career self-efficacy and social skills for successful employment. 


This research investigates evidence-based practices in promoting, managing, and delivering care that supports a high quality of life for older adults with NDD, including improving the health and function of these adults and their families, enhancing consumer-directed and family-based care, and reducing barriers to health and community participation. Public policy research to address professional caregiver shortages and the burn out that renders familial caregivers unable to manage their own health in addition to the health of an adult with NDD.