Professor, Special Education
Co-Director, Center for Behavioral Education and Research
Ph.D. in Special Education: Exceptional Learner, University of Oregon, 2002
M.S. in Special Education: Exceptional Learner, University of Oregon, 1999
B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology, William and Mary, 1998
Areas of Expertise:
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Applied Behavior Analysis
School-wide Positive Behavior Support
Assessment – Behavioral
Dr. Simonsen is an associate professor of Special Education with tenure in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education and the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER; www.cber.org) at the University of Connecticut. She is the co-coordinator of the Northeast PBIS Network, and she is a partner of the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS; www.pbis.org). Dr. Simonsen is currently the Vice President of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (www.apbs.org). In addition, Dr. Simonsen serves as an associate editor for two key journals: Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Remedial and Special Education.
Currently, Dr. Simonsen conducts research, publishes, teaches, and provides training/technical assistance in the areas of (a) school- and class-wide PBIS, (b) positive and proactive professional development supports for teachers, and (c) applications of PBIS in alternative education settings. In addition, Dr. Simonsen coordinates UConn’s Graduate Certificate Program in School-wide Positive Behavior Support.
Before joining the faculty at University of Connecticut, Dr. Simonsen was the director of a non-public (alternative) school serving students with disabilities who presented with challenging educational and behavioral needs. In addition to serving as an administrator and clinician, Dr. Simonsen has previously been certified as a teacher of elementary general education and middle-secondary special education.
See my Curriculum Vitae for a detailed list of recent work: Simonsen Vita (Aug 2016).
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