Carol Britton Laws, Ph.D; MSW

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

IHDD

Associate Clinical Professor / Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Education

Destination Dawgs Inclusive Education at UGA Director

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

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-9401

Alternate Phone: 7065429401

Web: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/ihdd/disability-studies-certificate

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

IHDD 2050S Principles of Person Centered Practices       

IHDD 3010/7010 Directed Study in Disability                                         

IHDD 4005S/6005S Disability Issues in Childhood & Adolescence                                                       

IHDD 5720S/7720S ‐ Advocacy Practices in Disability 

IHDD 4002S/6002S ‐ Disability Issues in Adulthood 

Education

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

Research

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

Teaching

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. 

Outreach

I direct Destination Dawgs, UGA's first inclusive post-secondary education program for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am also the Principal Investigator on the Living Well Georgia project which seeks to enhance quality in Home and Community based services and supports for adults with disabiltiies. 

Areas of Expertise

Direct support workforce development

Disability studies

Competency-based training

Inclusive Postsecondary Education

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

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
UGA Serviceā€Learning Teaching Excellence Award The Office of Service-Learning, UGA 2017
Fellow (FAAIDD) American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities AAIDD 2016

Journal Articles

Contributor to: McLaughlin, C., Sedlezky, L., Belcher, H., Marquand, A., & Hewitt, A. (2015). Workforce: Goals for Research and Innovation. Inclusion, 3(4), 267‐273. doi:10.1352/2326‐6988‐3.4.267

Laws, C. B., Kolomer, S. R., & Gallagher, M. J. (2014). Age of Persons Supported and Factors Predicting Intended Staff Turnover: A Comparative Study. Inclusion, 2(4), 316‐328. doi:10.1352/2326‐6988‐ 2.4.316

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals President; co-chair Education, Training and Workforce Development Committee 2008- 2016
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

Publications

Laws, C. B. (2016). Supporting Informed Decision Making: AN NASDP Train the Trainer Curriculum for Direct Support Professionals. NADSP. 

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.