UCSB The Gevirtz School

The Gevirtz School’s research and outreach mission is coordinated through four research and outreach centers and institutes. The 43 faculty in the Departments of Education and Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology have 49 maintained a distinguished array of high-quality research programs and the department. Most faculty have extramural funding through grants and contracts, and have active research projects in schools, community organizations, and other venues and collaborations across the nation. Both the school psychology and the special education programs are well established and nationally recognized for the preparation of doctoral students. The faculty are highly productive with extensive publications, presentations, leadership, and grant activities.


Dr. Shane Jimerson is a Full Professor of School Psychology. Dr. Jimerson’s scholarship, featured in over 400 publications, focuses on promoting social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health development of children at school. He has particular expertise in implementing and examining MTSS, social-emotional learning, student engagement, and bullying prevention/intervention, and identifying, assessing, and treating developmental psychopathology at school. He has managed or collaborated on funded projects totaling >$10 million, including State, Federal, and Foundation funded projects). He has served as Editor of three journals and President of three school psychology organizations (APAD16, ISPA, SSSP).researches reading disability—including dyslexia— and reading interventions for elementary- and middle school-age children.


Dr. Mian Wang is a Full Professor of Special Education and Chair of the Education Department. Dr. Wang is the founding director of the Pacific Rim Center for Research 42 on Special Education and Disability and former director of the McEnroe Reading Clinic. He has published >80 journal articles and chapters and two books related to early childhood inclusive education, family quality of life, positive behavior support, and teacher education for inclusion. He has won numerous awards and honors for his research including the 2009 AAIDD Early Career Award.


Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

BU Wheelock faculty hold expertise in interdisciplinary systems serving students with disabilities, including educational systems, policy systems, mental health systems, and family systems. Scholars who apply to LINC at BU Wheelock will develop expertise in these systems, and in systemic factors shaping the experiences and outcomes of students with disabilities and their families.


Dr. Jennifer Greif Green researches school-based mental health service provision, especially for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service access, and bullying prevention.


Dr. Elizabeth Bettini researches factors that contribute to inequities in students’ access to skilled special educators. She has expertise in special educators’ working conditions and attrition, particularly among beginning teachers and those serving students with emotional/behavioral disorders.


Dr. Nathan D. Jones researches teacher development and teacher quality, with a specific focus on developing and validating tools to assess the effectiveness of special education teaching. He is also currently exploring innovative approaches to teacher preparation, including how to better prepare general educators to work with students with disabilities.


Dr. Zachary Rossetti studies experiences of families with children with disabilities, focusing on family engagement in education and sibling roles and relationships. His research also examines social interactions and friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, including how educators facilitate social interactions and friendship opportunities.