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Dr. Beth Bryant-Claxton named executive director

Dr. Beth Bryant-Claxton is the new executive director of the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. A trained professional dedicated to working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, Bryant-Claxton has joined the Institute for Disabilities Studies (IDS), Mississippi’s University Center for Excellence in Research, Education and Service (UCEDD).

Bryant-Claxton most recently served as the clinical director for Arkansas START (Systemic, Therapeutic Assessment, Resources and Treatment), a crisis prevention and intervention program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex behavioral health needs. She previously served as the director of the Positive Behavior Support Training Project at Partners for Inclusive Communities, Arkansas’ UCEDD and an Arkansas-licensed clinical psychologist.

Bryant-Claxton received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. She completed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and a postdoctoral LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) fellowship at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, also a UCEDD, where she served as faculty at the New York Medical College.

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