Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University
About Us

The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.


PhD, University of Kansas
Assistant Professor
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Sp Ed: Adapted Curriculum
Special Education

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Francis

Phone: (703) 993-6064
Fax: (703) 993-3681

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 216
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Research Interests

Disability, Family Support, Family-Professional Partnerships, Transition, Adulthood  

Recent Publications

Haines, S. J., Francis, G. L., & Shepherd, K., Ziegler, M., & Mabika, G. (2017). Partnership bound: Using MAPS with transitioning students and families from all backgrounds. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-5. Advanced online release: doi: 10.1177/2165143417698123

Francis, G.L., Fuchs, E., Johnson, A.D., Gordon, S., & Grant, A. (2016). Developing parent-professional partnerships in a postsecondary education program for students with disabilities. Psychology in the Schools, 53(10), 1045–1056.

 Aldersey, H.M., Francis, G.L., Chiu, C., & Haines, S.J. (2016). Family quality of life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. Advanced online release: doi: 10.1111/jppi.12189

Francis, G.L., Gross, J.M.S., Blue-Banning, M., Haines, S.H., & Turnbull, A.P. (2016). Principals and Parents Achieving Optimal Outcomes: Lessons Learned from Six Inclusive American Schools. Revista Latinoamericana de Inclusión Educativa (Latin American Journal of Inclusive Education), 10(1), 61-77.

Francis, G.L., Blue-Banning, M., Turnbull, A.P, Haines, S.J., & Gross, J.M.S. (2016). The culture of community in inclusive schools: Parental perspectives on family-school partnerships. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 51(3), 281-293.

Francis, G.L., Blue-Banning, M., Turnbull, A.P, Haines, S.J., & Gross, J.M.S. (2016). Building “our school:” Parental perspectives for building trusting family-professional partnerships. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 60(4), 329-336.