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AAIDD Announces Its 2021 Fellows

Ceremony to take place during the 145th AAIDD Annual Conference in June 2021.

January 11, 2021 (Silver Spring, MD)

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is pleased to announce and congratulate the following individuals who have been identified to receive the designation of Fellow of the Association (FAAIDD).

This distinction is a high honor and is presented after review and consideration by a committee of leaders in the Association. Individuals may be nominated for Fellow after they have had at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD, participation in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and are judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability. The newest Fellows are:

Evan E. Dean, PhD, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
Laura E. Gomez, PhD,
University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain)
Julie M. Grieves, PhD,
Wisconsin Department of Corrections (Chippewa Falls, WI)
Dorothy Hiersteiner, MPP,
Human Services Research Institute (Cambridge, MA)

Bruce L. Keisling, PhD,
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (Memphis, TN)

Elizabeth Kurfiss Watts, MSW,
Delta American Health Care (Delhi, LA)
Donald Miller, PhD,
Psychologist, (Hartford, CT)

Anthony M. Rodriguez, PhD,
Providence College (Providence, RI)

Hilda L. Trahan,
Evergreen Life Services (Sulphur, LA)

Kendra Williams-Diehm, PhD,
University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Heather J. Williamson, DrPH,
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)        

Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more about the organization at

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