Chris Vatland

Extension Associate

312 Dolgen Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 255-9056
Fax: (607) 255-2763

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Dr. Chris Vatland is an Extension Associate at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. He supports the NYS Education Department’s Special Education Technical Assistance Partnership for Data (TAP for Data), a professional development initiative to support specialists within the NYS Office of Special Education Educational Partnership.


Dr. Vatland received his Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Oregon in 2012. He also completed post-doctoral training at the University of Nebraska’s Munroe-Meyer Institute and at the University of South Florida. He has three decades experience in the disability field in various capacities from direct-care support to program development and systems work in school and community settings. During that time, he saw a need for improvement in support alignment across service areas and improved implementation of supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. This interest is reflected in his published work and in past and current research, development, and technical assistance efforts in the areas of systems change in schools and early education environments, family engagement and support, and individualized intervention in school, home, and community settings.


Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015 – University of South Florida, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) / Child and Family Studies

Postdoctoral LEND Fellowship 2013 – University of Nebraska Medical Center, Behavioral Pediatrics

PhD 2012 – University of Oregon, Special Education

MEd 2000 – University of Oregon, Child and Family Studies

BA 1995 – Saint Olaf College, Psychology