NEWS | January 22, 2010

Hansen to address fostering community partnerships at next Minds Behind the MIND lecture


Robin Hansen, a professor of pediatrics at the UC Davis MIND Institute and an advocate for full inclusion for people with developmental disorders, will discuss the activities of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) and its role in fostering community partnerships during the next Minds Behind the MIND lecture.

The address will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the auditorium of the MIND Institute at 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. 

“Resources have not kept pace for supporting full inclusion within communities for the growing population of people with developmental disabilities in California,” Hansen said. “The CEDD'S mission complements the MIND Institute’s and provides additional resources for expanded interdisciplinary training opportunities, advocacy, community partnerships and translation of research into practice.”

Hansen is the founding director of the CEDD, which is one of 67 federally funded centers nationwide that link university resources with the community to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities through education, research and service.

She is the fellowship director and section chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics in the UC Davis School of Medicine and director of clinical programs at the MIND Institute. She also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and just completed her term as president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Hansen also was recently appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The 29-member council is an independent state agency charged with ensuring that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need from the state Department of Developmental Disabilities and the state Regional Centers in order to be included in their communities.

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where parents, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers collaborate to study and treat autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. More information about the institute and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is available on the Web at and