Dr. Brian Barber

Dr. Brian Barber

Lifespan Dev & Educ Sciences
Associate Professor
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Brian R. Barber is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Kent State University. His research, for which he and his colleagues have received over five million dollars in funding, focuses on effective prevention and intervention strategies for behavior, cognitive behavioral strategies, and setting factors affecting implementation in alternative education settings. Dr. Barber teaches graduate courses in special education research, literature synthesis and meta- analysis, and special education law, as well as undergraduate and continuing education courses in classroom and behavior management and evidence-based practices for students with high-incidence disabilities. He has authored several professional articles, book chapters, and policy briefs and has presented his findings and recommendations at over 100 state, regional, national, and international professional conferences. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Brian was a teacher and school administrator of programs for special education students for eight years. Dr. Barber is currently the Site Investigator and Co-PI for a four-year, IES-funded randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of I Control, a self-regulation curriculum for middle school students with emotional and behavioral disorders.


Ph.D. Special Education, University of Florida


Emotional and behavioral disorders; cognitive behavioral intervention; alternative education settings

Research Methods

Group experimental & quasi-experimental designs; survey; statistical modeling (multilevel and longitudinal); meta-analysis


  • Selected Participant, Beginning Career Researcher’s Workshop, Council for Exceptional Children (2016)
  • Outstanding New Faculty Research & Scholarship Award, Kent State University (Nominated, 2019)
  • University Teaching Scholar, Center for Teaching and Learning, Kent State University (2015-2016)