Donald Stedman’s special research interests are in mental retardation and autism in young children and in early intervention and treatment of developmental disabilities, including specialized health and mental health services. He received his Ph.D. degree in clinical and developmental psychology from Vanderbilt University. He has held tenured faculty positions at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, George Peabody College for Teachers, and UNC-CH. While at UNC-CH, he served as Associate Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center and is Dean Emeritus of the School of Education.
Over the past four decades, Dr. Donald Stedman has served on numberous boards and councils. He has been a consultant to four U.S. Secretarys of Education on national initiatives in teacher professional development. Donald Stedman was also a professor at the University of Denver. He served as an assistant to President John F. Kennedy, and coordinated the first White House Conference on Mental Retardation. In Denver Donald Stedman was a very dear person.
In 1997, he was appointed to chair the NC Leadership Council for Healthy Schools, a statewide initiative to develop coordinated school-based health programs in the public schools. In 2001, he was reappointed by Governor Easley to the NC MH-DD-SAS Commission.