Kate Sadler

Kate Sadler

  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Dr. Kate M. Sadler is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), Licensed Behavior Analyst, and certified Early Childhood and Special Education Teacher. Dr. Sadler serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Special Education and Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Missouri.

Before joining the MU faculty, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and earned her PhD in Special Education with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders and cognitive psychology at the University of Missouri; Columbia.

Dr. Sadler has over 25 years of experience working with individuals impacted by neuro-developmental disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in various roles (as an early childhood special education teacher, special education teacher, behavior analyst, psychological examiner, family advocate). She has worked as a program director at various private and non-profit locations where her focus involved training, mentoring, supervising new and existing employees, providing evidence-based interventions, and assessment.

Her research interests include culturally responsive and inclusive behavior analytic service delivery, inclusive service and supervision practices, the impact of functional analysis and communication training for adults with ASD, the impact of video modeling on behaviors, and self-advocacy.

Dr. Sadler is deeply committed to the development and implementation of culturally responsive evidence-based interventions to support individuals impacted by emotional, behavioral, and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities across the lifespan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Early childhood special education
  • Special education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Early identification
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Vocational Services
  • Transition Services
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Evidence-based interventions