Dr. Kimberly Mills is an international expert in the field of developmental disabilities, educational training and program development. Dr. Mills has nearly 20 years of experience working with youth with varying educational exceptionalities including autism, giftedness, emotional disturbances and behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mild, moderate and severe intellectual disabilities, ADD and ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, blindness, Asperger’s Syndrome and more.
She has provided continuing educational unit, graduate school credit and continuing legal training to teachers, parents, master of education university students, college administrators and professors, social workers, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, other allied health professionals and to attorneys and judges.
Dr. Mills has worked extensively with young people with typically developing and exceptional needs in a variety of settings including general education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, therapeutic wilderness schools, residential settings, private centers, private schools, military bases, juvenile detention facilities, court systems, psycho educational programs, university classrooms and home based settings.
Dr. Mills received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in English and History in 1995, followed by a Masters of Education degree in Behavioral Learning Disabilities from Georgia State University in 2001. In 2007 Dr. Mills completed a Ph.D in Education from the University of Hawaii the field of Exceptionalities with a focus on Behavior Disorders and a cognate in Multicultural Education. In 2009 she was certified as an Educational Administrator and School Leader through the University of Georgia. In 2011, Dr. Mills completed a certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. In 2012 she was certified as a Behavior Analyst through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Dr. Mills has served as a board member for many national youth serving organizations including The KIPP Foundation and the NFL/YET Center in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Dr. Mills is an article reviewer for the National Autism Center’s (NAC) National Standards Project and in that capacity helped to evaluate the worldwide scholarly research related to effective treatments for people with Autism. She is the current Vice-Chairperson for the Council on Research and Evaluation with the Association of University Centers on Disability.
Dr. Mills has worked on several national and international policy initiatives including helping to rewrite the Georgia Juvenile Justice Legal codes, advising on changes in special education regulations in the state of Georgia and helping to ensure that non-profit organizations in the country of Bermuda exercised practices in adherence with best internationalstandards and indicators ofcivic wellness.Dr. Millsis the Executive Director oftheU.S. VirginIslands UniversityCenter onExcellence inDevelopmental Disabilities and hold an Affiliate Faculty appointment with the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Mills helped establish the first Tricare Autism Demonstration Project in the U.S. Virgin islands. She is also the creator of The Autism and Developmental Disability Research Center (ADDRC) at the University of the Virgin Islands. The ADDRCis a model research and assessment center that is used as a training space to teach best practices in early intervention assessment, screening and the teaching verbal behavior and other adaptive skills to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
Dr. Mills is an internationally renowned speaker, published author, educational trainer and educational and legislative policy advocate who has been featured at disability, educational, legal and social service conferences around the globe as an expert in the field of research based service delivery to youth with disabilities, autism, learning challenges and those considered to be at-risk. She has taken fledgling programs and brought them to the status of national models of excellence.
When she is not working Dr. Mills enjoys playing musical instruments and composing original music. She is an accomplished and self-taughtpianist and guitarist. She also enjoysscuba diving,traveling, having tea and spending time in nature with family and friends.