Amy McCart, Ph.D.

Amy McCart, Ph.D.

Amy McCart

Amy McCart, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor with Special Graduate Faculty Status at the University of Kansas. She is the Co-Principal Investigator for the School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center, which was established in 2012 and is the largest award received in KU history. SWIFT is a national K-8 technical assistance center focused on providing academic and behavioral support for all students, including those with the most extensive needs. Dr. McCart co-directs technical assistance for the SWIFT Center, which combines the strengths of general and special educators in a three-tiered model of instruction designed to meet the needs of all students.  Additionally, she is the principal investigator for multiple federal projects through the U.S. Department of Education to support urban schools implementing school-wide positive behavior support. As part of her work with school-wide positive behavior support, she serves as a collaborating partner in the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Dr. McCart worked in a number of urban schools, including the Recovery School District in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and the District of Columbia, Washington Public Schools. She was the site director at an agency supporting individuals with low incidence disabilities working to improve quality of life. She is also focused on utilizing agency-focused multi-tiered prevention to support families with mental health needs in poverty and their young children.

Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas
M.A., Department of Education: Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S., Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences: Human Development and Family Life: Early Childhood Education, University of Kansas

Contact Information


1315 Wakarusa Drive
208 Wakarusa Research Facility
Lawrence, Kansas 66049


Research Interests

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support/PBIS

Recent Publications

Choi, J. H., Meisenheimer, J. M., McCart, A. B., & Sailor, W. (2016). Improving learning for all students through equity-based inclusive reform practices: effectiveness of a fully integrated schoolwide model on student reading and math achievement. Remedial and Special Education [online], 1-14. doi: 10.1177/0741932516644054

Algozzine, B., Morsbach Sweeney, H., Choi, J. H.,Horner, R., Sailor, W., McCart, A. B., Satter, A., & Lane, K. L. (2016). Development and preliminary technical adequacy of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Fidelity of Implementation Tool.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. doi: 0734282915626303

Shogren, K., McCart, A., Lyon, K., & Sailor, W. (2015). All means all: Building knowledge for inclusive schoolwide transformation. Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 40(3), 173-191. doi: 10.1177/1540796915586191.

McCart, A., Sailor, W., Bezdek, J., & Satter, A. (2014). A framework for inclusive educational delivery systems. Inclusion, 2(4), 252-264. 

Sailor, W., & McCart, A. (2014). Stars in alignment. Research & Practices for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 39(1), 55-64. doi: 10.1177/1540796914534622