Howard P. Wills, PhD

School of Education and Human Sciences - Educational Psychology, Life Span Institute
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology, Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas
Primary office:
Juniper Gardens
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
13133 S Hallet Ct
Olathe 66062
Second office:


Dr. Howard Wills is an Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Department and Associate Research Scientist at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP). He received his doctoral training at KU and also has an M.B.A. from KU and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. His current research interests include evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions for students with challenging behavior, development and evaluation of multi-tiered systems of support and classroom management interventions, and technology based self-monitoring to support children and adults with disabilities. Over 18 years at JGCP, Dr. Wills has been fortunate to have been Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for over $25 million in federal education grants. This work has been carried out with colleagues across the country and has been widely published. Among his current projects, Dr. Wills is leading work to scale up the self-monitoring intervention of I-Connect ( and the classroom management intervention of CW-FIT (


B.S., Psychology, Baker University
M.A., Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas
M.B.A., Business, University of Kansas
Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology, Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas

Selected Publications

Selected Grants

Improving Paraprofessionals Instructional and Behavioral Support in Urban Elementary School Settings: A Research Practitioner Partnership. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. $399883.00. Submitted 1/1/2013 (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded

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