David Braddock is Associate Vice President of the University of Colorado (CU) system and Executive Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He also holds the endowed Coleman-Turner Chair in cognitive disability and is a professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Braddock was previously at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for over 20 years and is professor emeritus. He was founding head of the UIC's academic Department of Disability and Human Development, and was instrumental in establishing several innovative programs including the nation's first PhD program in disability studies, the Illinois University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project, the CDC-funded National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, and centers in assistive technology, aging, and the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center on the implementation of the ADA. Prior to UIC, he held positions in Washington, D.C. in the U.S .Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Secretary's Committee on Mental Retardation and the Council for Exceptional Children.
His publications primarily focus on long-term care, health promotion and disease prevention and public policy toward disability. He has given presentations in 48 states and seven foreign countries and provided invited testimony in the legislatures of 15 states. His research has influenced mental disability legislation, litigation, and appropriations decisions in many states and nationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award from the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado and the AAIDD Leadership Award.