Carol Britton Laws, Ph.D; MSW

College of Family and Consumer Sciences


Assistant Clinical Professor / Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Education

28 River’s Crossing
850 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-9401

Alternate Phone: 7065429401

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Social Work The University of Georgia 2012
MSW Social Work - Administration, Policy & Planning Rutgers University 2007
BA Psychology; Art History Rutgers College 1994


My research focuses on the enhancement of the quality of community-based supports for adults with disabilities through workforce development. 


I coordinate a Disability Studies Certificate program at the undergraduate and graduate levels and instruct multiple service-learning courses which focus on disability issues across the lifespan. 


I am the current President of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals NADSP) and have served as the co-chair of the NADSP’s Education, Training, and Workforce Development committee, overseeing NADSP’s Accreditation and Credentialing program, since 2011. I have volunteered with the NADSP since 2008. I consult nationally with state governments and support provider organizations on competency-based training and career ladders for the frontline disability support workforce.

Areas of Expertise

Direct support workforce development

Disability studies

Competency-based training

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center Training and Consultation Specialist 3


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Service-Learning Fellow The Office of Service-Learning, UGA 2013-2014

Journal Articles

Laws, C.B.,  Kolomer, S., & Gallagher, M. (2014).  Age of Persons Supported and Factors Predicting Intended Staff Turnover: A Comparative Study. Inclusion,  Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 316-328.


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals President; co-chair Education, Training and Workforce Development Committee 2008- present
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Director-at-Large 2014 - present
American Association on University Centers on Disability Steering Committee Member, National Training Directors Council 2014 - present
Georgia Inclusive Post-secondary Education Consortium Leader 2015 - present


Laws, C.B. (2015).  Informed Decision Making Train the Trainer Curricula. National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). 

Laws, C.B. (2013). Why DSP Recognition Matters: Organizational Support, Retention, and Quality. Frontline Initiative, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Britton, C. (2010).  Book Review: Gifts 2: How people with down syndrome enrich the world. Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, 14 (3), 317-318.

Britton, C. (2009). Implementing New Jersey’s Career Path: The College of Direct Support Administrator’s Handbook. The Boggs Center, UMDNJ, New Brunswick, NJ.

Gaventa, B., McLaughlin, C., & Britton, C. (2008). Overview of Developmental Disabilities, The Boggs Center, UMDNJ, New Brunswick, NJ.

Working Papers

Richardelli, L. & Laws, C.B. (under review). A Conceptual Analysis of Postsecondary Education Programs Using Rawls’ Principle of Equality. Inclusion.

McLaughlin, C. et. al. (under review). Workforce: Goals for Research and Innovation. Findings from the  National Goals on Research, Practice, and Policy working meeting. Inclusion.

Dr. Carol Briton Laws is a Clinical Associate Professor and Interdisciplinary Training Director for the Institute on Human Development and Disability (UCEDD) at the University of Georgia where she coordinates the Disability Studies Certificate program at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She is an active member of the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has worked in the disability field, in roles that range from direct support professional to state-level program design, for almost 20 years. She lives in Athens Georgia with her wonderful husband Jason and two fat cats.