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Shanna Eisner Hirsch

Assistant Professor

Office: 228 Holtzendorff Hall
Phone: 864-656-5796
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 Assistant 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 an active member of a number of professional organizations (e.g., Council for Exceptional Children, Association of Positive Behavior Supports) and serves on the editorial boards of Behavioral Disorders, Beyond Behavior, Exceptional Children, and TEACHING Exceptional Children.

Dr. Hirsch works with students to conduct research in schools. She also facilitates the PBIS Film Creative Inquiry. If you are interested in working with Dr. Hirsch, please contact her at

Courses Taught

EDSP 3700: Introduction to Special Education
EDSP 3740: Characteristics and Strategies for Individuals with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
EDSP 8560: Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Individuals with Disabilities

Research Interests

Supports for novice special and general education teachers
Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) at the classroom level
PBIS Films
Functional Behavioral Assessments and Interventions
School-based interventions to support students at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders


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