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Kelli Sanderson




Vanderbilt University, Peabody College

Nashville, TN  

Ph.D., Special Education 


California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

M.S, Special Education 



University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH  

B.A., Psychology 

Research Interests

  • Families of individuals with disabilities 
  • Postsecondary transition for students with low incidence disabilities 
  • Advocacy for individuals with disabilities 
  • Parent and student participation in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings 


Peer reviewed journals 

Goldman, S. M., Sanderson, K. A., Barton, E., & Lloyd, B. P. (in press). Using home-school communication to decrease off-task behavior for students with ASD. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 

Sanderson, K. A., Burke, M. M., Urbano, R. C., Arnold, C., & Hodapp, R. M. (2017). Who helps? Characteristics and correlates of informal supporters to adults with intellectual disabilities American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 122, 492 - 510. 

Hodapp, R. M., Sanderson, K. A., Meskis, S. A., & Casale, E. G. (2017). Adult siblings of persons with intellectual disabilities: Past, present, and future. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53, 163-202. 



Hodapp, R. M., Casale, E., & Sanderson, K. A. (in press). Parenting children with intellectual disabilities. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting. Routledge: New York, NY. 

Hodapp, R. M., Sanderson, K. A., & Mello, M. P. (in press). From the postsecondary transition through old age: Caring for adults with Down syndrome. In Burack, J., Edgin, J., Abbeduto, L., & Busciglio, J. (Eds.), TheOxford Handbook of Down Syndromeand Development. Oxford University Press: New York, NY

Accomplishments and Awards

  • 2016 Student and Early Professional Award – Families Interest Group 
    • American Association Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities   
  • 2016 Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Travel Grant Awardee 
  • 2015 Vanderbilt University, Doctoral Training Grant Recipient 
  • 2015 California State Universities Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Awardee 
  • 2015 Peabody Graduate Honor Scholarship, Vanderbilt University 
  • 2015 Peabody Dean’s Fellowship, Vanderbilt University