Dr. Brenna K. Wood, SPED Tenure Stream Assistant/Associate Professor Position Candidate Presentation

Thursday, January 11, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Neville Scarfe, Room 310

All are welcome to attend this presentation.

Dr. Brenna K. Wood is a candidate for the Tenure Stream Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Special Education. View Positions Details. You can also view Dr. Brenna K. Wood’s Resume  in here.

Presentation Title:

Positive behavior supports for addressing the challenging behaviors of young children: Future directions for improved practice


Dr. Brenna K. Wood is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Lehigh University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D). In her pursuit to better serve young children with disabilities and their families and teachers, Dr. Wood has gained extensive experience in positive behavior supports and received the First Annual Ted Carr Initial Researcher Award (2011) from the Association of Positive Behavior Supports (APBS) for her research in this area. Some of her experience includes providing in-home supports for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), providing mentoring/coaching as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports of Arizona (PBISAz) project, in addition to behavioral consultant work to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities in childcare settings as part of Project “Me Too”. In addition to her faculty position, Dr. Wood is currently the clinical director of Lehigh University’s Autism Services.


A driving force for Dr. Wood’s research in positive behavior supports (PBS) is the concern for the number of young children suspended and/or expelled from their early childhood programs. Although researchers continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of PBS in changing behavior, inclusion and training of teachers and other program personnel in the use of these strategies in early childhood environments continues to be a challenge.

During this presentation, Dr. Wood will discuss her research agenda specifically, three areas of interest: (a.) the implementation of PBS strategies to decrease challenging behaviors and increase the pro-social behaviors of young children, (b.) strategies to support teacher involvement in designing effective behavior intervention plans, and (c.) the development of a direct observation tool to collect child engagement and interfering behavior data. The presentation will include a number of studies conducted through collaborative efforts with colleagues, graduate students, and community partners. In addition, Dr. Wood will discuss the future direction of her research in addition to how her research and teaching will further support the mandate of the UBC Faculty of Education.