Health Policy

Robert Bacon

  • Program Director, Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disabilities and Development
  • Researcher, Health Policy Research Program


Robert Bacon is director of Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Disabilities and Development. With 35 years of experience at CDD, he has directed a wide range of research, technical assistance, community education, pre-service training and information sharing projects aimed at improving the capacity of Iowa’s service system to increase the independence, productivity and full community participation of individuals with disabilities. He is engaged in systems improvement initiatives across the life span from early intervention to long-term supports and services. Bob was a policy fellow of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation serving as staff to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in Washington, DC. He served on the Board of Directors of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) from 1998-2005 and currently serves as co-chair of AUCD’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Research Interests

  • Service system rebalancing
  • Adoption of innovations
  • Disability policy and asset development

Educational Background

  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship, 1997
  • M.A., Instructional Design & Technology; University of Iowa, 1978
  • B.A., Honors Humanities, Stanford University, 1969 (Phi Beta Kappa, 1968)