Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities. His research and writing focus on principle-driven and research-based strategies for promoting full participation, relationships, and valued roles for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He serves as Executive Director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities, which aims to promote the thriving of people with disabilities and their families. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2023.
One strand of his research addresses the intersections of faith and disability. Dr. Carter’s work in this area addresses the spiritual lives and flourishing of people with IDD and their families, the practices and postures of inclusive churches, and faith-based partnerships with disability service systems. A second strand explores the pathways to inclusion and belonging for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He is particularly interested in capturing the reciprocal and lasting benefits that come through friendships and life lived together in community.
He is committed to ensuring that the best of what we know works is what permeates everyday practices. Dr. Carter has co-authored seven books and more than 300 journal articles, chapters, and other publications. His scholarship and advocacy have also been recognized with awards from All Belong, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers on Disability, and the Council for Exceptional Children.
At Baylor, he is collaborating to launch a new initiative aimed at advancing empirical and theological scholarship focused on disability, faith, and flourishing. In addition to rigorous research, it will focus on leadership training, resource development, and strategic partnerships that serve to change the current landscape within and beyond the church. He encourages interested scholars and partners to reach out to him about this new endeavor.