Carol Britton Laws

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Institute on Human Development and Disability

Associate Clinical Professor / Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Education
Destination Dawgs Inclusive Education at UGA Director


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Social Work The University of Georgia 2012
MSW Social Work - Administration, Policy & Planning Rutgers University 2007
BA Psychology; Art History Rutgers College 1994


My research focuses on the enhancement of the quality of community-based supports for adults with disabilities through workforce development. 


I coordinate a Disability Studies Certificate program at the undergraduate and graduate levels and instruct multiple service-learning courses which focus on disability issues across the lifespan. 

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center Training and Consultation Specialist 3


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
UGA Serviceā€Learning Teaching Excellence Award The Office of Service-Learning, UGA 2017
Fellow (FAAIDD) American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities AAIDD 2016


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals President; co-chair Education, Training and Workforce Development Committee 2008 - 2016
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Director-at-Large 2014 - present
American Association on University Centers on Disability Steering Committee Member, National Training Directors Council 2014 - present
Georgia Inclusive Post-secondary Education Consortium Leader 2015 - present


I direct Destination Dawgs, UGA's first inclusive post-secondary education program for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am also the Principal Investigator on the Living Well Georgia project which seeks to enhance quality in Home and Community based services and supports for adults with disabiltiies. 

Areas of Expertise

Direct support workforce development

Disability studies

Competency-based training

Inclusive Postsecondary Education

Journal Articles

Contributor to: McLaughlin, C., Sedlezky, L., Belcher, H., Marquand, A., & Hewitt, A. (2015). Workforce: Goals for Research and Innovation. Inclusion, 3(4), 267‐273. doi:10.1352/2326‐6988‐3.4.267

Laws, C. B., Kolomer, S. R., & Gallagher, M. J. (2014). Age of Persons Supported and Factors Predicting Intended Staff Turnover: A Comparative Study. Inclusion, 2(4), 316‐328. doi:10.1352/2326‐6988‐ 2.4.316


Laws, C. B. (2016). Supporting Informed Decision Making: AN NASDP Train the Trainer Curriculum for Direct Support Professionals. NADSP. 

Dr. Carol Briton Laws is a Clinical Associate Professor and Interdisciplinary Training Director for the Institute on Human Development and Disability (UCEDD) at the University of Georgia where she coordinates the Disability Studies Certificate program at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She is an active member of the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has worked in the disability field, in roles that range from direct support professional to state-level program design, for almost 20 years. She lives in Athens Georgia with her wonderful husband Jason. 

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