Dr. Don Bailey, PhD, MEd

Don Bailey, PhD, MEd, is currently the Fellow Program Chair and Distinguished Fellow in early childhood development at RTI International. Dr. Bailey is internationally known for his research on young children with disabilities, specializing in children with fragile X syndrome. He brings to the newborn screening world an extensive research background with over 20 years of experience in topics related to early education, early intervention, disability, and family support.

Dr. Bailey graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill obtaining his Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. Having a keen interest in Education, he then went on to pursue a PhD in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington.

Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Bailey was the Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and a W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the years Dr. Bailey’s work has centered around research regarding children with fragile X syndrome. Currently, he is planning a multi-state study that screens a large number of newborns for fragile X syndrome. The study will serve as a prototype for addressing the public concerns of families as more genetic disorders are identified that may not have known medical cures. 

Dr. Bailey has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles on a wide variety of topics related to early education and intervention. Currently, he is working with RTI in establishing a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help implement a Clinical and Health Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health and serves on the DHHS’s Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.

The NBSTRN is pleased to honor Dr. Bailey as the Newborn Screening Spotlight Researcher of the month and we look forward to his future contributions to the newborn screening research community!




Researcher Name and Credentials: 
Dr. Don Bailey, PhD, MEd