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Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD)

The Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) is a resource for families. When a child has trouble learning, speaking or acting, parents want answers and help. The staff at CCHD work as a team of experts to diagnose your child. Recommendations help families know where to begin. Our goal is to provide family-centered care.

CCHD staff have expertise in child development, autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.

Dr. Matt Reese Retiring After 21 Years at KU


Dr. Reese, Director of the Center for Child Health and Development will be retiring at the end of this year. Matt's kindness and patience, his leadership, and his sense of humor are appreciated by many. His leadership fosters a supportive environment in service to families.

He has been with the University of Kansas since 1993 and director of the CCHD since 2007.  He has also been co-director of Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training since 2008.

During his tenure, he has made significant contributions that reach across the state of Kansas and nationally.  They include:

  • Establishing the CCHD as a nationwide resource for research and training in the assessment and diagnosis of autism, including the use of gold standard instruments and best practices in the use of multidisiplinary teams
  • Pioneering the use of telemedicine in assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
  • Leading the Center's Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, connecting the CCHD and the University to a national network of programs dedicated to excellence in the field of disability
  • Advocating and engaging with systems and policy to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities across the state of Kansas
  • Mentoring and teaching innumerable future leaders in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities

Please join us to wish Matt well in his retirement at a reception on 

December 19, 1-3pm in the School of Nursing Atrium at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

CCHD is a resource for Kansans through our:

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Evaulating children through an interdisciplinary team approach.

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Finding evidence-based practices and new methods.

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Pre-service & post-doctorate students learning to become leaders. 

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Sharing best practices with local, state, and regional audiences.

Last modified: Jun 17, 2014
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