Richard L. Simpson , PhD
Richard L. Simpson, PhD, Raytown High School, Class of 1963
Dr. Richard Simpson is an internationally recognized pioneer in the study, diagnosis, and education of children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. He is an author and the founder and long time editor of the professional journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilites.
After receiving a Bachelor and aMasters degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Richard joined the faculty of the University of Kansas Special Education department just as the KU Medical School was initiating a program to work with such children. Intrigued that one-third of the children in the program were autistic, but undiagnosed, he received a federally funded grant to begin a pilot autism research program.
Today Richard and KU are recognized as experts in the study, diagnosis, and practical education of autistic children, as well as leaders in the training of professionals who work with them.
Dr. Simpson helped pioneer the study, diagnosis, and design of educational programs for students with Asperger’s Syndrome and is internationally recognized as an expert. Richard has been invited to make presentations and evaluate programs for students with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome throughout the world. His honors from the University of Kansas include Outstanding Research, Achievement and Service Awards. He has also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Fort Hays State and Baker Universities, and the Outstanding Research Award from the International Council for Exceptional Children.