Dr. Everington's primary research focus is issues for criminal defendants with intellectual disabilities. She has conducted research on competence issues and understanding of Miranda rights and published extensively in this area. With attorney Ruth Luckasson, she authored the Competence Assessment for Standing Trial for Defendants with Mental Retardation (CAST-MR), which is used by forensic evaluators throughout in this country and internationally for evaluations of defendants with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Everington's work on criminal defendants with intellectual disabilities was cited in the majority opinion in the U. S. Supreme Court landmark case banning the death penalty for that population, Atkins v. Virginia (2002). She has been very active in policy issues regarding assessment of defendants with mental retardation in death penalty cases for a number of years. At present, she is the President of the Legal Process and Advocacy Division of the International Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). She is active on national task forces for the development of assessment standards for death penalty cases for the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 33 and for AAIDD.Dr. Everington has worked in the area of special education and intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. She has been a special education teacher of children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities and worked as a behavior intervention specialist and a curriculum specialist. She has worked in teacher training for over 20 years. Prior to coming to Winthrop in 2000, Dr. Everington was a faculty member at Miami University in Ohio. She has a strong commitment to education reform, and while at Miami University, she was involved for many years in the Institute for Educational Renewal. In this capacity, she was involved in numerous projects involving inclusion in the schools and was a national leadership associate of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). Since coming to Winthrop, she has held the position as Associate Dean in the College of Education. On a personal note, she is married to Robert Hasselle, who is a potter and sculptor, and has one son, Keoni Everington.