John Umbreit, Ph.D.
John Umbreit is Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Umbreit specializes in the areas of positive behavioral support and behavioral analysis. His research focuses on functional assessment-based intervention and PBIS in natural environments such as schools, homes, and the workplace.
Dr. Umbreit earned his Ph.D. in special education at the University of Southern California and did post-doctorate study in behavior analysis at Harvard University. He co-directs (with Dr. Jolenea Ferro) the BCBA and Behavioral Support Specialist training programs, which offer web-based courses that provide formal training for behavioral specialists in schools and other settings. In the past 25 years, Dr. Umbreit has been Principal Investigator for 17 research and personnel preparation grants, with total funding of nearly $7.5 million.
Jolenea Ferro, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Jolenea Ferro is Associate Professor of Practice in the Special Education Program at the University of Arizona. She specializes in behavior analysis, positive behavior support, early childhood special education, and behavioral disorders. Her research focuses on functional assessment, school-wide positive behavior support, curriculum, and early intervention.
Dr. Ferro earned her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Florida. She conducted research on positive behavior support at the Research and Training Center for Positive Behavior Support in Tampa, Florida before arriving at the University of Arizona.
Carl Liaupsin, Ed.D.
Dr. Liaupsin is Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at the University of Arizona. His research addresses the validation of simplified function-based behavior intervention procedures and the support of effective school-wide intervention practices through the use of technology. His publications include monographs, training documents, and refereed journal articles on issues related to PBIS and the use of computer-based tools to train teachers of students with EBD.
Dr. Liaupsin earned his Ed.D. at the University of Kentucky where he worked on the staff of the OSEP-funded National PBIS Center. He currently is Coordinator of the Special Education Program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Liaupsin is former Co-Editor of Education and Treatment of Children and former Chair of the Publications Committee for the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.