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Mandy Rispoli

Professor Special EducationEducational Studies

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Dr. Rispoli has over 15 years of experience serving children with disabilities as a special education teacher, behavior analyst, administrator, and professor. To date, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning behavioral assessment and intervention for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Rispoli notes: “One of the most effective ways to improve student outcomes is to provide high quality professional development and ongoing support to teachers. My dedication to students with disabilities and their teachers guides my research and my teaching.”

Dr. Rispoli is a Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Dr. Rispoli is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral level and earned her doctorate in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin.

To date, Dr. Rispoli has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning the behavioral interventions for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Rispoli’s research pertains to functional behavior assessment and prevention of challenging behavior. Her work in this area explores: (a) variables that may alter a child’s motivation to engage in challenging behaviors during behavioral assessments and interventions and (b) innovations in professional development for teachers of young children with challenging behavior. Dr. Rispoli serves on the editorial review board for Assessment for Effective Intervention, Behavior Modification, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, and recently appointed co-editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Dr. Rispoli notes: “The Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions is regarded as one of the premier outlets for applied behavioral research. This prestige is due in large part to the Journal’s history of exceptional scholarship and leadership. We are humbled and inspired to build from the achievements of previous editorial teams and to take the Journal in new directions.”

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