Karrie A. Shogren

School of Education and Human Sciences - Special Education, Life Span Institute
Professor/Senior Scientist
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 539
1122 Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
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Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), Senior Scientist at the Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute, and Professor in the Department of Special Education all at the University of Kansas. Dr. Shogren’s research focuses on assessment and intervention in self-determination and supported decision making for people with disabilities. Dr. Shogren has led multiple grant-funded projects, including assessment validation and efficacy trials of self-determination interventions in school and community contexts. Dr. Shogren has published over 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals, is the author or co-author of 10 books, and is the lead author of the Self-Determination Inventory (www.self-determination.org), a recently validated assessment of self-determination and the Supported Decision-Making Inventory System, the first assessment of the supports needed to involve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in decisions about their lives. Dr. Shogren has received grant funding from several sources, including the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Dr. Shogren is co-Editor of Remedial and Special Education.

Teaching Interests

  • Self-determination, intellectual disability, systems of support, transition, research design and analysis


Dr. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and systems of support for adolescents with disabilities and she has a specific interest in the multiple, nested contextual factors that impact outcomes

Research Interests

  • Self-determination, systems of support, intellectual disability, public policy, context

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