Prof. Mian Wang of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been awarded the 2009 Early Career Award by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). The AAIDD Early Career Award is awarded annually to an individual in the early stages of his/her career who has made significant contributions and accomplishments in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities with respect to scholarship, leadership, and service. In particular, the awardee has to demonstrate extraordinary scholarship that “reflects a systematic application of scientific inquiry techniques to a problem of significance in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and is found to be extraordinarily significant” by the Awards Committee.
Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has been providing worldwide leadership in the field of mental retardation. A powerful community of leaders with a strong voice and important mission, the AAIDD are promoters of progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD, (formerly AAMR – American Association of Mental Retardation) is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities, with membership over 5,000 strong in the United States and in 55 countries worldwide.
Mian Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, specializing in Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Patras, Greece, in Applied Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive Development of Children with Intellectual Disabilities as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Special Education with an emphasis on Family and Disability Policy. Wang has 12 years experience working in the field of disability and special education in several countries such as Canada, China, Greece, and the United States. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology in China. His research interests include: child and family outcomes of early childhood services, family-professional partnership, atypical child development, positive behavioral support in cultural context, and disability policy.
[Mian Wang is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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