Nisonger Center

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Nisonger Center Update hosted by Marc J. Tassé, PhD, on December 8th, 2022. Please enjoy this recording of the event along with additional information about our programs and how you can get involved.


To learn more about The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, visit our homepage. If you’re interested in supporting the program, contact or learn more about online giving options here.


IDD Psychology Program

The Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)-accredited Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) psychology training program at The Ohio State University offers training in scientific clinical psychology with a focus on IDD, concerning children and adults with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and other related neurodevelopmental disorders. Students in the IDD psychology program area earn a PhD in Psychology and are eligible for licensure as psychologists in most states. This degree program trains and prepares students for a variety of clinical science careers, including conducting research; teaching at the college level; providing clinical care as psychologists in university, hospital, clinic, private practice, or other settings serving people with IDD; and program administration and leadership roles in the disability field. Areas of emphasis include the assessment and diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems co-occurring with IDD, early intervention, problem (e.g., dangerous and destructive) behaviors, instrument development, health disparities, stakeholder engagement and self-advocacy, and parent training/family support.



Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) is an interdisciplinary training program of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center. Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Nisonger Center partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create an exceptional training opportunity for students interested in becoming leaders in autism and developmental disabilities. The LEND program recruits graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and community leaders to participate in an interdisciplinary training curriculum focused on improving the health of children with autism and developmental disabilities and their families.


Behavior Support Services

The Behavior Support Services unit of the Nisonger Center develops, implements, and monitors behavior support strategies for individuals with challenging behaviors. The unit works with individuals, families, day programs, residential programs and the service coordinators of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Behavior Support Services staff includes psychologists, full-time behavior specialists and graduate students. They meet with families, service providers, day program, transportation, and residential personnel at the person’s residence or other location to conduct functional assessments. In consultation with the person’s team, they then develop behavior support strategies that aim to decrease behavior problems and increase prosocial and adaptive behaviors.


About Us

Mission Statement 

The mission of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is to empower and support all people with developmental disabilities and their families through interdisciplinary training, research and service.

Vision Statement

To cultivate an inclusive environment for all individuals, especially those with developmental disabilities.


The Nisonger Center values are the commitments made by our faculty, staff, and students regarding how we will carry out our work. Those values include:

  • Person/Family-Centered Approach
  • Self-Determination
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Excellency
  • Innovation


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How you can help

Donate online

Make a gift online to support the work of the Nisonger Center

Donate by Mail

The Wexner Medical Center Development Office
c/o The OSU Foundation
PO Box 710811
Columbus, OH 43271-0811