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​Dr. Kent McIntosh is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon and Director of Educational and Community Supports, a research unit in the College of Education. He is Co-Investigator on the OSEP National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS and lead of the Center's Disproportionality Workgroup and has worked as a school psychologist, teacher trainer, and teacher in both general and special education.



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​Susan Barrett is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland.  She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and certification in Special Education, having served as a teacher, administrator and coordinator with Sheppard Pratt Health System since 1993. Ms. Barrett is working with the OSEP Technical Assistance Center on PBIS as an implementer partner.  She assists with large-scale implementation of SW-PBS by providing training and technical assistance to states and districts across the country.  She works with Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia and University of New Hampshire to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff and school communities. She also serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort as well as serving on a National Coaching workgroup to develop systems coaching materials, tools and curriculum. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of SW-PBS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.

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Dr. Rob Horner, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and co-director with Dr. George Sugai of the OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS), and co-director with Dr. Dean Fixsen, Karen Blase, and George Sugai of the OSEP Technical Assistance Center on State Implementation and Scaling of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP). Dr. Horner was an associate editor of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and American Journal on Mental Retardation and former editor of Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps and Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

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Jessica Swain-Bradway, Ph.D., is the Research and Evaluation Director for Midwest PBIS Network.  Jessica is also a mom, a former high school teacher, and deeply passionate about supporting teams to organize their school and classrooms to build pro-social behaviors, positive relationships, and maximize learning time! She leads the Midwest Network’s research endeavors, provides SWPBIS technical assistance to states and districts, and provides professional development on classroom strategies high school teachers. Jessica is also leading Midwest PBIS collaborations with the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP). Midwest and IIRP have established partnerships in several districts nationwide including. ​

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​Dr. Martha Merchant is a licensed psychologist, is currently a consultant with UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments And Response to Trauma in Schools) in a number of school based projects. As such, she provides training, consultation and support for adult members of the students' caregiving system (teachers, school staff and parents/families) in order to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school environments.
She has worked with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma for the past 13 years. She has a passion for working with people typically viewed as being on the down-side of power, including children, under-resourced families, poly families as well as LGBTQ folk. She is also committed to working with interns/postdocs. 
Doc Martha (as she is known at the schools) works to empower others to communicate in ways that increase safety while supporting and strengthening relationships. She earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Psy D. in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.

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Kimberli Breen, MS, CAS, MA is a National Consultant affiliated with the University of Kansas SWIFT Center and KOI Education based in Arizona. She is also the owner and lead Behavior Change Agent of Affecting Behavior Change Inc. supporting school, district, county and state teams across the United States. Kimberli implements, trains and coaches MTSS, with a focus on Positive Behavior Supports, in a variety of settings including residential facilities, alternative schools, homes, communities and businesses. She has had extensive experience improving family-school partnerships nationally and is the Family Ex-Officio on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports board. Her publications focus on family-driven, Tier 2, Tier 3, and system-wide implementation, including the 2017 “Check-In, Check-Out” video.