2014 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series banner | Robert Horner, PhD | Monday, April 28, 2014

About the Series

The University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education (GSE) launched the GSE Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, which will engage our local education community members, as well as faculty and students, with leading senior scholars in critical fields of education. Each year, the school will bring to campus a distinguished scholar to present a special lecture on a topic relevant to education. Building on the university and school's strategic strengths, the series intends to showcase and benchmark impactful research and scholarship in the areas identified as strategic visions for the future of the university, as well as the Graduate School of Education.

This year's event focused on the theme of evidence-based school interventions for child wellness, as GSE is home to nationally recognized programs, centers, and faculty that contribute together to excellent teaching, research, and service on that topic. The event was sponsored by the Adelle H. Land Memorial Fund and the Charlotte C. Acer Endowment for the Colloquia on Urban Education.


"Enabling Effective Schools: Implementation of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)"
This presentation reviews the core features of PBIS, the role of PBIS to improve schools, and results from research and implementation efforts over the past 15 years. Dr Horner addressed questions after the lecture, followed by a reception.


Robert Horner, PhD

HornerDr. Horner is the Alumni-Knight endowed professor of special education at the University of Oregon where he directs the Educational and Community Supports research unit. Dr. Horner's research has focused on developing evidence-based interventions that result in socially significant changes for people with and without disabilities. As co-director of the OSEP (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs) Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Dr. Horner coordinates research and technical assistance activities with multiple partners across the nation. During the past 20 years he has worked directly with schools in the development of approaches for implementing school-wide systems of positive behavior support. Dr. Horner has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Public Service Behavior Analysis Award (2006) from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis; the Education Award (2002) from the American Association on Mental Retardation; and the Fred Keller Educational Research Award (1996) from the American Psychological Association.

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: 106/201 Student Union Theater (map), University at Buffalo, North Campus
Cost: Free
Lecture: Open to the Public