"Building Positive, Healthy Communities"
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a research-based, person-centered framework focused on decreasing problem behavior and increasing quality of life. At KIPBS we conduct research, provide training from the intensive to the community-wide intervention level, develop resources, and help professionals plan and implement PBS within their organizations.
Our past research projects include large mixed methods studies evaluating behavioral health, quality of life, and person centered planning systems across Kansas home and community based waivers. Within both the PBS Medicaid and the Kansas Mental Health PBS projects, we have conducted numerous single subject case studies and systematic evaluations of behavior health supports.
Our experienced training team works with families, organizations, and states, creating and nurturing systems to improve quality of life outcomes for everyone using the PBS framework. We have experience providing training to PBS teams across human service organizations. We create online training modules, host live webinars, provide on-site workshops, and produce video training tools.
Our technology and content team builds interactive tools for families, professionals, and systems. Our PBS provider handbook contains multiple PBS tools at the introductory, intermediate, and expert level. Collaborating with our organizational, system, and state partners, we have created multiple person-centered planning, PBS facilitation, and team training tools.
Dr. Jennifer Kurth is the Principal Investigator for KIPBS and is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Kurth has taught graduate coursework for individuals seeking accreditation from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, including courses on communication, pivotal response treatment, assessment, school-wide PBS, multi-tiered systems of support, and functional behavior analysis for individuals with extensive and complex support needs in school settings. Dr. Kurth also works to prepare pre-service teachers for work in inclusive settings. Her research interests include methods of implementing inclusive education, including methods of providing appropriate supports and services for individual learners in inclusive schools and communities within a quality of life framework. Prior to coming to KU, Dr. Kurth was a special education teacher for students with high- and low-incidence disabilities in inclusive settings.
Matt Enyart leads both research and training teams across KIPBS activities. Matt’s research interests include organization and community applications of PBS, quality of life, individual-centered planning, juvenile corrections, interdisciplinary collaboration, systems of care, sexuality, transition, disability, policy, and state-wide evaluation. He leads multiple Kansas PBS projects, facilitates PBS Kansas, and chairs the International Home & Community PBS Network. His experience includes providing individualized PBS interventions and implementing layered PBS supports in family homes, schools, I/DD organizations, mental health organizations, juvenile detention centers, and acute care hospitals. Matt also provides PBS and related training to human service organizations in a variety of formats. He has worked with children and adults with behavior support needs for more than twenty years.
Sara Quick has been involved with the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support since 2006, first as a student, then a facilitator, regional trainer, and was hired onto the project as a Research Assistant in March 2013. Sara has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasis on Autism and behavior analysis. In her spare time, Sara loves to cook, be with friends, watch KU sports, and spend time with her husband and two young children.
Aaron assists the team with data analysis, multimedia production, PBS training, content development, research design and literature review, evaluation and survey development, graphic design, and web design. Aaron has experience collaborating with research teams in psychology and education, along with practical experience in a community mental health setting. Aaron earned his Master's in Counseling Psychology from KU with additional graduate coursework in research design and statistical methods. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys creating music.
Chris develops web applications for KIPBS, creates and edits web content, and offers technological support to the KIPBS team and its partners. Chris has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Kansas and a Master's Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. In his spare time, Chris spends time with family, familiarizes himself with new web-related technologies, reads, and writes.