About the Director

Leann Smith DaWaltLeann Smith DaWalt, PhD

Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Rooms S101A
Madison, WI 53705-2280

Phone: 608-263-5254
Email: lsmith@waisman.wisc.edu
Profile: https://www.waisman.wisc.edu/staff/dawalt-leann-smith/
Lab: Working Together – Lifespan Family Research


Leann Smith DaWalt joined the Waisman Center in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Marsha Mailick, PhD, and Jan Greenberg, PhD. After completing her fellowship in 2008 she became a Waisman Center investigator and co-PI of the Lifespan Family Research Program. DaWalt‘s research focuses on the impact of intellectual and developmental disability on the family system and the role of the family and community in supporting development for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.

She is the PI of several intervention studies focused on teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her work centers on translating the results of longitudinal research into timely and effective treatments and services for individual and families. She also serves as director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Waisman Center.

DaWalt earned a doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.