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Dr. Allison Lombardi’s and Emily Tarconish’s new research project



Dr. Allison Lombardi
Dr. Allison Lombardi



Emily Tarconish
Emily Tarconish

Dr. Allison Lombardi and Emily Tarconish, a CBER student researcher, received a CETL (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) mini grant for their project "Assessing the Impact of Disability-Awareness Videos on Faculty Member’s Teaching Effectiveness" .

According to Dr. Lombardi, this project will test the effectiveness of disability-awareness videos that were designed to improve faculty members' awareness of the experiences of college students with disabilities, familiarity with available supports for these students, and tools and strategies that promote inclusive teaching. Specifically, they will use a validated survey to measure the effects of the videos on changes in faculty members' disability-related self-efficacy, a concept that encompasses general disability knowledge, familiarity with disability-related supports and principles of universal design, as well as feeling prepared to share this information with other faculty members. Participants will complete pre and post surveys, measuring disability-related self-efficacy before and after and viewing the five videos.

For more information on Dr. Lombardi's research projects, please click here.

Dr. Allison Lombardi receives the 2018 Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award


Dr. Allison Lombardi

Dr. Allison Lombardi received the 2018 Neag School of Education Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award. This award is given to a faculty member(s) in the Neag School of Education within the first eight years (at least two years at UConn) of his or her academic career following the completion of the doctoral degree and recognizes outstanding early-career contributions to his or her field of study, along with a demonstrated potential for continued research success and achievements. Congratulations, Dr. Lombardi!

Monahan Receives Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award

Jessica Monahan, a CBER student researcher, recently received the Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award at the 2018 Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) conference. She was the third place winner. Her study title is “College and Career Readiness: An Examination of Educators’ Self-Efficacy”. Congratulation, Jess!

Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award- This award recognizes a graduate student who, through research completed during their doctoral program, shows significant promise for contributing to positive outcomes for transition-aged youth and to the field of transition through transition research. To be considered for the award, graduate students (or recent graduates whose research was completed during their doctoral program) must submit their research for the DCDT Patricia L Sitlington Emerging Researcher poster session.  Each student’s poster will be reviewed by a committee during the poster session with awards made to the top students during the DCDT annual conference.

PBIS-V receives a $32.6 million U.S. DoE grant to support schools and students!



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(Photo credit: Chamberlin School)



The PBIS team at CBER UConn is co-directing the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). On this $32.6 million U.S. Department of Education grant, the team at the University of Connecticut is serving as one of the lead institutions that supports SEAs, LEAs, and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework. Brandi Simonsen and the PBIS team at CBER are supporting the implementation of PBIS in northeastern states as well as leading activities regarding promoting school climate and documenting PBIS implementation in high schools and high-needs districts. Please see a news article on UConn Today to learn more about this grant. More CBER research projects can also be found on our Research Projects.

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PBIS team meeting at CBER (From left, Susannah Everett, Tamika La Salle, Jen Freeman, Adam Feinberg, and Brandi Simonsen. (Shawn Kornegay/UConn Photo).

(Photo credit: Porters Point School)

Breakfast Brown Bag (B3) Series “Vision of Education in CT: Opportunities, Challenges, and Advice for Future Leaders”

Join us for our Breakfast Brown Bag event about CT Education Policy Initiatives on December 10th! In this event, we will engage CT SDE leaders in conversations about the vision of education for CT. Charlene Russell-Tucker, Sarah Barzee, Melissa Hickey, and Bryan Klimkiewicz will be our panelists.

Register by December 6th.

Time: Monday, December 10th, 2018

Date: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Oak Hall, Room 112, UConn Storrs campus



Charlene Russell-Tucker

Charlene Russell-Tucker

(Chief Operating Officer)


Melissa Hickey

(Reading/Literacy Director)


Sarah Barzee

Sarah Barzee

(Chief Talent Officer)


Bryan Klimkiewicz

Bryan Klimkiewicz

(Special Education Bureau Chief)

Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Dr. Brandi Simonsen (

8th Annual NEPBIS Network Leadership Forum: Call for Proposals

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8th Annual Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum: Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce that this year’s NEPBIS Network Leadership Forum is accepting proposals for presentations. You are invited to submit proposals for the following: oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposium sessions (10- to 20-minute presentations organized by the conference committee around similar themes).

Submission deadline: Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 

Review the submission guidelines and a scoring rubric prior to submitting a proposal; note that submissions from the Northeast Network States (CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, & VT) will be prioritized. Please click here to submit your proposals.  We are excited to review your proposal and put together an interesting and informative forum.

Further information on the 8th Annual Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum in Mystic, Conn. — scheduled for May 16-17, 2019 — is available at

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Mystic.

CBER Breakfast Brown Bag with Provost Kennedy

“Lessons Learned and What it Takes to
Become a Successful Researcher”

Monday, October 8, 2018


Gentry Rm 142 & 144

Register by October 5th!



Craig H. Kennedy is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut.  He is also a Professor of Educational Psychology and Pediatrics.  Before joining UConn, he was Dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia.  Prior to his administrative appointments, he was a Professor of Special Education and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.  He has published more than 150 articles and books relating to the biobehavioral analysis of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.  He holds a BA (psychology) and a PhD (education) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Time Event Notes
9:00-9:10am Welcome Remarks

Mike Coyne or Brandi Simonsen

9:10-9:15am Introduction of Provost Kennedy

George Sugai

9:15-9:30am Remarks

Provost Kennedy

  • Lessons learned from own scholarship
  • Comment on what it takes to become a successful researcher in the 21st Century
  • Role of science in the field of education
  • Useful advice to graduate students in a school of education.
9:30-9:45am Q&A

A light breakfast of coffee/tea, fruit, and muffins will be provided. Please download this event to your calendar by clicking here.

Register Now: NEPBIS’s Summer Behavioral Institute 

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Register Now

Summer Behavioral Institute

July 16 – 19, 2018

Neag School of Education
UConn Storrs Campus

The Neag School invites current or future PBIS trainers or coaches to the University of Connecticut for the second annual Summer Behavioral Institute — a one-week, intensive program presented by national experts designed to develop your skills through:

  • Understanding how behavioral principles can best support student behavior across tiers in all school settings
  • Learning the behavioral change principles that support staff in PBIS implementation
  • Applying the basics of applied behavior analysis to address challenges to implementing the PBIS Framework in school and community settings

Deadline to register is June 23.
Find more information here.


Featured Speakers:

Adam Feinberg.

      Jennifer Freeman.


Special Guest Speaker:

George Sugai.

George Sugai

Jess Monahan receives the Lisa Pappanikou Glidden Scholarship Fund


Jess Monahan, a CBER student researcher and currently a CBER graduate assistant, receives the Lisa Pappanikou Glidden Scholarship Fund. The fund is provided to students who are primarily engaged in the study of educating and/or training of special needs youngsters with severe and profound disabilities. Recipients of this scholarship have demonstrated high academic achievement. Congratulations, Jess!