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David Lee

Dr. David Lee

Professor of Education (SPLED)

Phone: 814-865-3567

208 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


  • Special Education


The main focus of my research is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate programs to support students with or at risk for emotional/behavior disorders (EBD) across academic, behavioral, and social domains. My research draws upon a behavior analytic framework to create positive, function-based interventions for students, primarily in middle/high school settings.


Currently, our research team is developing and evaluating a program to help middle-school students begin and remain engaged in academic tasks. Unfortunately, many students with EBD fail to engage in academic and/or social activities, leading to a continuous cycle of frustration, lack of engagement, and, ultimately, academic failure. The purpose of this project is to break this cycle.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels



Classroom Management
Learning Assessment

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High

Methodological Research

Applied Behavioral Analysis
Qualitative Research

Special Education

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