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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


Dr. Shanna Hirsch is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.Ed) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D.). She is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education. Her scholarship is represented by two main lines of research related to special education with a focus on emotional behavioral disorders (EBD): (a) identifying effective instructional methods for preservice and in-service teachers’ classroom management and functional-assessment based interventions and (b) creating effective and sustainable university-district research-practice partnerships. Across these lines, she draws on theories rooted in applied behavior analysis, practice-based professional development, community engagement, and multimedia design theory. To date, she has published over 55 journal articles and delivered over 100 conference presentations and webinars. Dr. Hirsch is an elected board member of the Association of Positive Behavior Supports and serves on several editorial boards (e.g., Behavioral Disorders, Exceptional Children, Intervention in School and Clinic).

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 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 8540: Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 8710: Ethics and Legal Issues in ABA

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

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

*Randall, K. N., Ryan, J. B., Hirsch, S. E., & Allen, A. A. (2022). A self-monitoring intervention to improve the self-determination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a postsecondary education setting. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Hirsch, S. E., Stevenson, N. A., *Ellis, K., & Neese, R. N. T. (2022). Together we go far: Helping doctoral scholars develop collaborations in special education research. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 11(2).

Hirsch, S. E., Griffith, C., Chow, J.C., Walker, A. C., & *Walters, S. (2022). Professional learning and development for special educators serving students with emotional and behavioral disorders in self-contained settings. Behavioral Disorders.

*Carlson, A., Hirsch, S. E., *Walters, S., *Pilot, E., & Herro, D. (2022). Positive behavior interventions and supports videos: A descriptive analysis (2016-2020). Journal of Special Education Technology.

*Qualls, L., *Carlisle, L., & *Day, J., & Hirsch, S. E. (2022). Selecting and integrating high-quality videos into preservice education. Journal of Special Education Preparation, (2)1, 38-47. DOI: 10.33043/JOSEP.2.1.38-47

Bruhn, A. L., Choi, Y. J., McDaniel, S., Mathews, H. M., & Hirsch, S. E. (2022). Meeting the needs of students with emotional and behavioral disorders during the COVID-19 school closures. Behavioral Disorders.

Hirsch, S. E., Bruhn, A. L., McDaniel, S. M., & Mathews, H. (2022). A survey of educators serving students with emotional and behavioral disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavioral Disorders, 47(2) 95–107.

*McKown, G., Hirsch, S. E., *Carlson, A., Allen, A., &. *Walters, S. (2022). Preservice special education teachers’ perceptions of mixed-reality simulation experiences. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 38(1), 4-19

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

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

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.

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., Larsen, K., Beahm, L., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2022). 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. (2022). 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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Research Grate

Connected Learning in Education and Research Lab