John Umbreit, Ph.D.

John Umbreit is Professor Emeritus of Special Education. He was previously 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-developed (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 30 years, Dr. Umbreit has been Principal Investigator for 18 research and personnel preparation grants, with total funding of more than $8.5 million.