Brandi Simonsen



Professor, Special Education
Co-Director, Center for Behavioral Education and Research

Academic Degrees:

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

Classroom Behavior

Behavioral Intervention

Assessment – Behavioral

Special Education


Dr. Simonsen is a 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; at the University of Connecticut. She is  a partner of the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS;, and Dr. Simonsen serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions.

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 Dr. Simonsen’s Curriculum Vitae for a detailed list of recent work: Simonsen Vita (Aug 2016).

Contact Information
Phone860 486 2763
Mailing AddressUnit 3064
Office LocationGentry 005