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College of Education

Shanna Eisner Hirsch

Associate Professor

Office: 228 Holtzendorff Hall
Phone: 864-656-7645 (Dept)
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Special Education
University of Virginia 2016

M.Ed. Special Education
Vanderbilt University 2009

B.S. Social Work
University of Vermont 2004


Shanna E. Hirsch, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department of Education and Human Development. She received her master's degree from Vanderbilt University and doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She has previously worked as a special education teacher and behavior analyst. These experiences have shaped her research, teaching, and service. Her expertise centers on (a) supporting novice teachers learn to implement classroom-level positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), (b) developing classroom-level supports for students with or at risk for emotional behavioral disorders, and (c) teacher training on targeted behavioral supports (i.e., functional-assessment based interventions).

Dr. Hirsch is a Co-Principal Investigator on Project FRaME (Using Feedback, Reflection, and Multimedia to Teach Evidence-Based Practices in Classroom Management). Project FRaME (Dr. Michael Kennedy, PI) is a four-year Institute of Education Science development grant related to multimedia instruction in teacher preparation coursework related to classroom management. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator on CT-STEM Pop-Ups4all: An RPP for Agile Learning (Dr. Danielle Herro, PI). This is a three year National Science Foundation, Research-Practitioner Partnership grant. Dr. Hirsch is an elected board member of the Association of Positive Behavior Supports. She also serves on the editorial boards of Behavioral Disorders, Beyond Behavior, Exceptional Children, Intervention in School and Clinic, Preventing School Failure, and TEACHING Exceptional Children.

Dr. Hirsch works with students to conduct research in schools and on campus. She also facilitates a Creative Inquiry. If you are interested in working with Dr. Hirsch, please contact her at

Courses Taught

EDHD 3110: Creative Inquiry – PBIS Films
EDHD 3110: Creative Inquiry – Mixed Reality Simulator
EDHD 3110: Creative Inquiry – Technology and Education
EDSP 3700: Introduction to Special Education
EDSP 3740: Characteristics & Strategies for Individuals with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
EDSP 3741: Characteristics & Strategies for Individuals with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Laboratory (mixed-reality simulator – Undergraduate)
EDSP 4990: Special Education Honors Research and Dissemination
EDSP 8560: Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Individuals with Disabilities
EDSP 8370: Research in High Incidence Disabilities
EDSP 9390: Professional Writing in Special Education
EDSP 9500: College Teaching and Field Supervision in Special Education
EDSP 9910: Dissertation
EDSP 9970: Direct Research

Research Interests

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (* Indicates a co-author was a student at time of preparation)

*McKown, G., Hirsch, S. E., *Walters, S., Allen, A., & *Carlson, A. (Accepted: 10/16/2021). Preservice special education teachers’ perceptions of mixed-reality simulation experiences. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.

Griffith, C. A., Hirsch, S. E., & Burns, T. (2021). Implementing functional assessment-based interventions in secondary settings: Strategies for overcoming barriers. TEACHING Exceptional Children.

Hirsch, S. E., *Randall, K., Bradshaw, C. P., & Lloyd, J. W. (2021). Professional learning and development in classroom management for novice teachers: A systematic review. Education and Treatment of Children.

Hirsch, S. E., Bruhn, A. L., McDaniel, S. M., & Mathews, H. (2021). A survey of educators serving students with emotional and behavioral disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavioral Disorders.

Hirsch, S. E., & McDaniel, S. (2021). Remote instruction and interventions: Considerations for students with disabilities. Intervention in School and Clinic, 57(2), 75-77.

*Walters, S., Bernis, S., Delvin-Brown, A., & Hirsch, S. E. (2021). School-based speech-language interventions using telepractice. Intervention in School and Clinic, 57(2).

*Walters, S., Hirsch, S. E., *Carlson, A., *McKown, G., & Allen, A. (2021). Mixed-reality simulation with preservice teacher candidates: A conceptual replication. Teacher Education and Special Education.

Hirsch, S. E., McDaniel, S., La Salle, T., & Walker, A. C. (2021). Instructional management for students with emotional and behavioral disorders in remote learning environments. Intervention in School and Clinic, 57(2), 78-86. https://doi.10.1177/10534512211001825

Hall, A. H., *Gao, Q., & Hirsch, S. E. (2021). Encouraging shifts in preservice teachers’ beliefs about writing and plans for future instruction. Early Childhood Education Journal, 49, 61-70.

Hirsch, S. E., & Philips, G. (2020). Establishing a district-university partnership to support students with disabilities. Palmetto Administrator. 20-23.

Hirsch, S. E., Bruhn, A. L., *Randall, T., *Dunn, M., *Shelnut, J., & Lloyd, J. W. (2020). Developing and implementing FBA-BIPs in elementary classrooms: A conceptual replication. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 9 (2).

MacSuga-Gage, A. S., Gage, N. A., Katsiyannis, A., Hirsch, S. E., & Kinser, H. (2020). Disproportionate corporal punishment for students receiving special education services and Black and Hispanic Students. Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Nagro, S., Hirsch, S. E., & Kennedy, M. J. (2020). A self-led approach to improving classroom management practices using video analysis. Teaching Exceptional Children.

Hirsch, S. E., Chow, J., *Randall, T., *Nemer, S. L., & *McKown, G. (2020). Effect of embedded responses in multimedia-based instruction with preservice teachers: A conceptual replication. Behavioral Disorders.

Hirsch, S. E., MacSuga-Gage, A. S., Ennis, R. P., Mathews, H., *Rice, K., & *Marcus, K. (2020). Using videos to promote positive behavioral interventions and supports: A qualitative study. Journal of Special Education Technology, 35, 76-86. doi:/10.1177/0162643419836408

Larson, K., Hirsch, S. E., McGraw, J., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2020). Preparing preservice teachers to manage behavior problems in the classroom: The feasibility and acceptability of using a mixed-reality simulator. Journal of Special Education Technology, 35, 63-75. /10.1177/0162643419836415

Herro, D., Hirsch, S. E., & Quigley, C. (2019). Faculty-in-Residence program: Enacting practice-based professional development in a STEAM-focused middle school. Professional Development in Education.

Hirsch, S. E., *Randall, T., Common, E., & Lane, K. L. (2019). Results of practice-based professional development for supporting special educators in learning how to design functional assessment-based interventions. Teacher Education and Special Education.

Hirsch, S. E., Lloyd, J. W., & Kennedy, M. J. (2019). Professional development in practice: Improving novice teachers’ use of universal classroom management practices. Elementary School Journal, 120, 61-87.

Hirsch, S. E., *Brown, C., *Haley, E., Beach, J., MacSuga-Gage, A. S., Spence, S. E., & Kennedy, M. J. (2019). Ten tips to consider when creating and screening PBIS Films. Beyond Behavior, 28, 79-89.

Walker, V., Hirsch, S. E., & Kennedy, M. J. (2019). Exploring videos to support SW- PBIS initiatives: A survey of teachers and film creators. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 63, 184-193 doi:10.1080/1045988X.2018.1545215

*Peeples, K., Hirsch, S. E., Gardner, S. J., Kelley, R. G., Sherrow, B. L., McKenzie, J. M., *Randall, K., & Kennedy, M. J. (2019). Using multimedia instruction and performance feedback to improve pre-service teachers’ vocabulary instruction. Teacher Education and Special Education, 42, 227-245. doi:10.1177/0888406418801913

Hirsch, S. E., Ely, E., Lloyd, J. W., & Isley, D. (2018). Targeted professional development: A systematic and multi-step approach to identifying educator need. School-University Partnerships, 11(2), 84-91.

*Mathews, H., Hirsch, S. E., & Therrien, W. J. (2018). Becoming critical consumers of research: Understanding replication. Intervention in School and Clinic, 53, 267-275. doi/full/10.1177/1053451217736863 (Lead Feature Article)

Oakes, W. P., Lane, K. L., & Hirsch, S. E. (2018). Functional assessment-based interventions: Focusing on the environment and considering function. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 62, 25-36. doi:10.1080/1045988X.2017.1326799

Ennis, R. P., Hirsch, S. E., MacSuga-Gage, A. S., & Kennedy, M. J. (2018). Positive behavior support in pictures: Using film to support school-wide PBS implementation. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 62, 1-12. doi:10.1080/1045988X.2017.1287048


Hirsch, S. E., Larsen, K., Beahm, L., & Bradshaw, C. P. (In Press). Adapting classroom management for delivery across contexts: A focus on urban, rural, and online settings. In E. Sabornie and D. Espelage (Eds). Handbook of classroom management: Research, practice, and issues (3rd Edition). Routledge.

Hirsch, S. E., Driver, M. K., Hinzman, M., & Bruhn, A. L. (In Press). Identifying students with intensive academic and behavioral needs. In M. Tankersley, T. Landrum., and B. G. Cook (Eds.), Advances in learning and behavioral disorders, Volume 31. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Nese, R., McDaniel, S., Hirsch, S. E., Green, A., Sprague, J., McIntosh, K., & McClung, B. (2019). Major systems for facilitating safety and pro-social behavior: Positive school wide behavior. In D. Osher, M. Mayer, T. Osher, R. Jagers, and K. Kendziora (Eds.), Keeping students safe and helping them thrive: A collaborative handbook on school safety, mental health, and wellness. Praeger/ABC-CLIO.


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Connected Learning in Education and Research Lab