Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell

Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell

Associate Director / Associate Professor
Office: UAA Center for Human Development
Phone: (907) 264-6259


Father of 2 great kids -- Matthew (20) and Molly (19) Kiefer-O'Donnell. Roommate to 1 cat, Whiskers (12). Hobbies include doing things that are non-work related when possible, especially if they involve being outside in Alaska.


Ph.D. (1996) University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Special Education of Children and Youth with Severe/Multiple Disabilities;
M.Ed. (1980) University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Early Childhood Special Education of Young Children with Multiple Disabilities;
B.S. (1976) University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Psychology
Diploma (1970) Brother Rice HS, Chicago Illinois
Diploma (1966) Queen of Martyrs Elementary School, Chicago Illinois
Diploma (1952-1965) School of Hard Rocks, Jack and Irene O'Donnell, Co-Principals

Career History

2009-present: University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development (UCEDD)
2007-2009: University of Minnesota
2004-2007: Minnesota State University, Mankato
2001-2004: University of Montana, Missoula, Rural Institute (UCEDD)
1989-2000: University of Utah, Salt Lake
1985-1989: Special Education Service Agency (ARMSI), Anchorage AK
1980-1984: Hope Community Resources (Hope Cottages)

Professional and Departmental Service

Member of UAA E-Portfolio Work Group
CHD Management Team
CHD Information Technology Committee

Research Interests

Supporting/teaching children and youth with autism.
Positive behavior supports in schools and the community
Full inclusion
Distance education and delivery of instruction
Supporting/teaching children and youth with deaf-blindness.
Rural service delivery