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Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon and currently serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include functional analyses of challenging behavior, positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), and early literacy. She has been awarded more than $5.6 million dollars in competitive external grants, serving as the lead PI or Co-PI on eleven external grants awards. Her work investigating relations between academic performance and problem behaviors has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (2013, 2014) for its contributions to the fields of early reading intervention and early childhood education. She currently directs a doctoral training grant focused on the preparation of scholars with dual expertise in academic and behavioral supports (Project ABS). Dr. Hagan-Burke has 17 years of experience working with state-level behavioral support initiatives (Alabama, Georgia, and Hawaii Departments of Education) and their systemic efforts to meet the needs of students with challenging behaviors. She was a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Guidance Committee and served as the lead author developing their RTI framework for social behaviors. Dr. Hagan-Burke has a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and in 2015 she was awarded an Eppright Professorship for undergraduate teaching excellence at Texas A&M University.