Dr. Gardner is a Tucson native, bilingual and bicultural and has been serving families of children with neurodevelopmental and related disorders over the past 15+ years across clinic, home, school, and public settings. He has peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations specialized in the areas of assessment and treatment of challenging behavior exhibited by children and adolescents. He has participated in Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other Related Disabilities (LEND) programs through the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Neurobehavioral Outpatient Clinic – Department of Behavioral Psychology), and currently serves as faculty at The University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (Arizona LEND). Dr. Gardner supervises a Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic in the department of Psychiatry and serves children and families at Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services.
Dr. Gardner’s research interests include:
- Functional Analytic Assessment Methodology for Childhood Aberrant Behavior
- Qualities of Attention in Function-Based Treatment
- Hispanic/Latino Parenting, Acculturation, and Cross-cultural Treatment Acceptability
- Therapeutic strategies for challenging behavior based in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for diverse diagnoses including neurodevelopmental disabilities