Beach Center on Disability

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Dr. Amy B. McCart, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

University of Kansas
Wakarusa Research Facility, 1315 Wakarusa Drive, Room 208
Lawrence, KS 66045-7601

Office Phone: (785) 864-6862; (816) 719-3393 (cell)

Fax: (913) 491-6398



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, Lawrence, Kansas, 2003

M.S., Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1996 (Awarded Master's degree honor for master's project)

B.S. Human Development and Family Life, Early Childhood Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1988

Interests: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support/PBIS