Kendra Williams-Diehm, PhD, BCBA, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Kendra Williams-Diehm is a Professor and Director with Zarrow Institute on Transition & Self-Determination located within the Special Education Program in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. She holds both the Zarrow Family Endowed Chair and the Brian E. and Sandra L. O’Brien Presidential Professorship. Her primary research interests include comprehensive transition services with a focus on appropriate transition assessment and self-determination for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A secondary research interest focuses on assisting teachers in promoting the development of transition and self-determination for their students.
Dr. Williams-Diehm has over 50 publications, including peer-reviewed manuscripts in top educational journals, books chapters, and more - all of which are centered around transition and self-determination. She has been awarded more the $15,00,000 in external funding, primarily through the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Institute for Education Sciences (IES). Prior to receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Williams-Diehm taught special education at both the elementary and secondary levels and still considers herself to be an educator first.