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Horner to receive Distinguished Researcher Award from Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) announced that Robert Horner, PhD, is the 2016 recipient of the Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award. This award recognizes individuals or research teams who have made outstanding scientific contributions in basic or applied research in special education over the course of their careers. The award, co-sponsored by Routledge, a leading academic publisher, includes $1,000 to be presented at the CEC-DR Reception and Awards Ceremony at the 2016 CEC Convention and Expo and an invited presentation at the 2017 CEC Convention and Expo. Horner earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon in special education after previously completing his bachelor’s at Stanford University and master’s from Washington State University. He has served on the faculty of the University of Oregon since 1978, where he is currently is an Alumni-Knight Endowed Professor of special education and also directs the Educational and Community Supports research unit.

Horner has a long and influential career in research in special education, applied behavior analysis, and related fields. His vita includes more than 200 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and over 100 books, book chapters, and reports. He has been a leader in the development, research, and implementation of positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS). His experimental, systems-level, and translational research has helped advance the field in a scientifically rigorous and practical manner. As co-director of the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS, he leads a multi-state team that has provided support to over 21,000 schools in 50 states and also in multiple international settings.

He has published a series of seminal articles to develop stringent standards for single-case research, a technical manual for reviewers to include single-case research in Institute of Education Sciences (IES) What Works Clearinghouse reviews of evidence-based practices and a series of IES grants to deliver trainings in research methodology for researchers, grant reviewers, and funders. His efforts have resulted in increased credibility of this important research methodology.

As COE colleagues Kent McIntosh and Brigid Flannery noted, “His enduring commitment to providing practitioners with research-validated materials and tools, as well as technical assistance that focuses on building local capacity is a true model for those who wish to make an impact on the field of special education. Dr. Horner’s research has shown sensitivity not only to whether interventions work but also to how and under what conditions they work. In this process, he has built problem-solving models to enhance data-based decision making in schools and team-based approaches that can be adapted to a wide range of special education practices."

Adapted from the Council for Exceptional Children.