Randall De Pry selected to lead Department of Special Education

Our new Special Education Department Chair is also brand new to Portland State. He comes to us from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he worked for 14 years as the chair of the department of special education and as an associate professor. His research and teaching interests include implementation of instructional and behavioral supports for children and youth with emotional and/or behavioral challenges, functional behavioral assessment, social skills instruction, and systemic change models in schools. He received his PhD in special education from the University of Oregon in 1997.

In Colorado, he was actively involved in promoting Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at the community and state levels. In addition, he is currently on the Executive Board of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS), an international organization of researchers, teachers, families, and agency personnel that actively promotes the implementation of PBIS at the individual, school, home, and community levels. Dr. De Pry wanted to come to Portland State because he is excited about the breadth of special education programs offered in the GSE. “Since 1964, the Department of Special Education has an outstanding record of preparing special educators to work in schools and other educational settings. The department has nationally known faculty and staff and I’m humbled to join such an excellent department as a professor and department chair.”  Dr. De Pry has most of his family and life-long friends on the west coast, and having lived in Eugene, will have new opportunities to reacquaint himself with other “Ducks” now that he and his family are back in the Pacific Northwest.

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