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Top Special Education and Behavioral Science Journal Gets New Editor

Language and fragile X syndrome expert, Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, foresees a multidisciplinary journal engaging the next generation of researchers in developmental disability

Washington, DC (January 14, 2008)

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, an expert in language disorders, fragile X, and autism at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, is new Editor for the American Journal on Mental Retardation (AJMR) published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). For over 100 years, AJMR has reported groundbreaking research in intellectual and developmental disability, and has consistently ranked among the top three special education journals. A strong focus on behavioral research, inter-disciplinary content, and high scientific standards have contributed to maintaining AJMR's rankings, explains Dr. Abbeduto.
"It's a particularly exciting time to be Editor of AJMR, given the new advances in genetics and brain imaging that offer unprecedented insights into the causes and consequences of developmental disabilities," Dr. Abbeduto says. "AJMR has a critical role to play in reporting this new research in a way that respects and improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families."

Explaining his vision for AJMR, Dr. Abbeduto foresees a more interdisciplinary journal, welcoming new technologies and methods from genetics and neuroscience, in addition to traditional behavioral sciences research. Also a priority for Dr. Abbeduto is engaging young researchers as associate editors of AJMR and including their innovative research in the journal.

Doreen Croser, Executive Director of AAIDD says, "We are honored to have Dr. Abbeduto, a long-standing AAIDD member and researcher of international acclaim, serve as the Editor of AJMR. Dr. Abbeduto's knowledge of developmental disabilities and his years of experience in working with families and people with intellectual disabilities will enhance the journal's position in the international research community. In addition, it will be an invaluable service to the field."

Dr. Abbeduto was chosen as Editor of AJMR after an international search conducted by a committee of researchers specially appointed by AAIDD. Dr. Abbeduto takes over editorship of AJMR from Dr. William E. MacLean, Jr. at the University of Wyoming.

The American Journal on Mental Retardation is published bi-monthly. To read AJMR online and learn about subscription information, visit


Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society. Learn more about the organization at

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