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Ravita Maharaj, PhD, FAAIDD


Dr. Ravita Maharaj is the Director of AAIDD's SIS Programs.

She is a licensed, clinical social worker in the District of Columbia, with extensive experience in program development and implementation for adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse. Her previous employment includes 12 years at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Washington, DC, in the position Director/Division Director, and three years as a Research/Evaluation Coordinator at Community Connections, Inc., the largest mental health agency in Washington, DC.

Dr. Maharaj earned a doctorate in social work at the Catholic University of America, with a research interest in organizational factors that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices. She also holds an MSW from Howard University and a bachelor's from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Originally from Trinidad, she has worked for over 20 years in human services in Washington, DC. In 2024, she was named a Fellow of the AAIDD.

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