About the TA Center

National Technical Assistance Center on
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


Grant No. H326S180001

The OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) was initially funded in 1998.  In October of 2018 a new five-year funding cycle was launched. The purpose of the new Center is to improve the capacity of SEAs, LEAs, and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework to (a) scale up tier 2 and 3 systems to improve outcomes for students with or at-risk for disabilities, (b) enhance school climate and school safety, and (c) improve conditions for learning to promote the well-being of all students.

The Center (a) provides the technical assistance to encourage large-scale implementation of PBIS; (b) provides the organizational models, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation tools needed to implement PBIS with greater depth and fidelity across an extended array of contexts; and (c) extends the lessons learned from PBIS implementation to the broader agenda of educational reform.

Organizational Structure

Project Officer

Renee Bradley, Office of Special Education Programs


Heather George, University of South Florida

Tim Lewis, University of Missouri

Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

Brandi Simonsen, University of Connecticut

Senior Advisors

Robert Horner, University of Oregon

George Sugai, University of Connecticut

Implementation Partners

Susan Barrett, Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network, Old Dominion University

Lucille Eber, Midwest PBIS Network

Adam Feinberg, University of Connecticut

Jennifer Freeman, University of Connecticut

Steve Goodman, MiMTSS

Don Kincaid, University of South Florida

Kathleen Lane, University of Kansas

Brian Meyer, Midwest PBIS Network

Kelsey Morris, University of Missouri

Ruthie Payno-Simmons, MiMTSS

Kelly Perales, Midwest PBIS Network

Bob Putnam, The May Institute

Maria Reina Santiago-Rosario, University of Oregon

Brenda Scheuermann, Texas State University

John Seeley, University of Oregon

Jeff Sprague, University of Oregon

Kathleen Strickland-Cohen, University of Oregon

Mark Weist, University of South Carolina

Kim Yanek, Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network, Old Dominion University

External Evaluation Team

Robert O'Neill, University of Utah

Gwen Cartledge, The University of Ohio

Lise Fox, University of South Florida

Wendy Reinke, University of Missouri