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Fidler named editor of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

June 13, 2014

Leadership role with the top journal in the field positions CSU professor to make a difference for children with developmental disabilities.

Deborah Fidler has been named the incoming editor of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AJIDD).

"I appreciate how Colorado State values research on disabilities," explains Fidler, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. "It is often a topic on the margins, but here at CSU, disability-related research has a growing presence, especially in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Even at the leadership level, our dean, Jeff McCubbin, has focused his research interests on disability studies and outcomes."

Real-world research

The value placed on her work has given Fidler a number of unique cross-college opportunities to study and apply her research in real-world settings through the CSU Developmental Disabilities Lab.

AJIDD is a top journal in the field. Fidler's service at the publication began in 2007 as an associate editor, learning a tremendous amount about the peer-review aspects of generating new science. She found it exciting to be on the front lines of the newest and latest research in developmental disabilities. 

After an extensive selection process earlier this semester, Fidler was named incoming editor.

"The interview process was an exciting opportunity to put ideas together and to imagine new visions and directions for AJIDD," says Fidler.

Vision for the publication

Her vision for AJIDD consists of three major areas. First, she hopes to position AJIDD as the premier outlet for theoretical and scientific findings through innovative new research.

Secondly, Fidler will place an emphasis on methodological rigor.

Finally, she wants to focus on the translational nature of research that can influence practice and improve outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan.

To do this, Fidler will encourage new submissions from a broad range of neighboring disciplines.

Latest projects

These three aspects of research and application can be seen in Fidler's latest projects working with children with developmental disabilities. Now at the end of her 2011 study to research executive function and academic achievement in children with Down syndrome, Fidler and her collaborator, Lisa Daunhauer, also from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, have already been doing translational work in the lab to develop new school-based interventions. 

Fidler will take over the AJIDD masthead on July 1 and is in the process of selecting an editorial board and receiving the first manuscripts. The bimonthy publication means a rapid turnaround for the editorial team, but Fidler appreciates the publication's dedication to knowledge generation and distribution in a timely manner.

"The new direction of the AJIDD opens up so many exciting opportunities for growth in the field of developmental disability-related research. I want to do my best to honor the fantastic opportunity I've been given," Fidler said. 

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: 970.491.5182