My research is focused on understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment strategies for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes evaluations of walking and crawling gait profiles in at-risk toddlers and very young children, as well as quantifying the functional limitations related to specific pathologies (such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ataxia [unsteady and clumsy movements]) in both children and older adults. The fully instrumented gait laboratory is capable of providing complete clinical and experimental evaluations. My role as the Director of the Programs in Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (PDNDD). PDNDD provides unique research and educational opportunities for graduate students and faculty affiliated with both the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY). My role as educator includes targeted undergraduate and graduate seminars in the Neurosciences, with emphasis on Research Design, Scientific Communication, and Scientific Integrity. I also strongly believe that mentorships in my laboratory provide a unique opportunity for students to gain an appreciation and sensitivity to the needs of developmentally disabled community, and may stimulate a desire to continue this service in their professional careers.