Katie Arnold

Katie Keiling Arnold

IDHD Director of Community Education, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 718 DHSP

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By appointment


I am the Director of Community Education for the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois’ University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). I am part of the NIDLLRR funded Family Support Research and Training Center in two roles: Co-PI of a research project examining to promising practices and Co-Director of the National Resource Center on Family Support. Additionally, I serve in a leadership role with the Sibling Leadership Network. My experience growing up with my siblings with disabilities anchors my work in the field and I am passionate about improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

I am dedicated to translating research to policy and practice. Using knowledge translation strategies, I make complex academic information accessible and relevant to diverse audiences who can use the information in meaningful ways. I has over 50 publications, 10 of which are in peer reviewed journals. I have created effective partnerships through her professional and volunteer work on numerous Boards/Committees.

Notable Honors

2017 - Leadership Award, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

2013 - Young Professional Award, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

2013 - National Leadership Award, The Arc of Illinois

2009 - Humanitarian of the Year for advancing the human rights of people with disabilities, UIC


Ph.D., Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, anticipated 2018
M.S., Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, July 2010
B.A. Sociology, University of Chicago, 2001