USJ Faculty member presents at NEPBIS Leadership Forum 2023 

On Thursday, May 18, Dr. Kathryn Dooley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), presented at the Northeast Positive Behavior Support (NEPBIS) Network Leadership Forum 2023 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Mystic, Conn. 

In her session, “Supporting Students with Behavioral Challenges Through the IEP Process,” Dr. Dooley focused on integrating Tier 3 strategies into special education by enhancing IEPs for students with behavioral challenges and shared best practices for planning and developing IEPs that incorporate functional based assessments.  

NEPBIS is a member network of The Association for Positive Behavior Support, “a multidisciplinary organization made up of professionals (teachers, researchers, university professors, and administrators), family members, and consumers who are committed to the application of positive behavior support within the context of the school, family, and community including across systems (e.g., entire schools, organizations), for small groups, and for individuals with complex needs for support,” according to the PBIS website. 

The mission of the NEPBIS Network is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of PBIS implementation in schools and districts within the northeast states by enabling communications, information exchange, political visibility, technical assistance, and a professional bridge to the Association for Positive Behavior Support.