Rhonda Nese

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3536
  • Office: 140 Lokey Education Bldg


Rhonda Nese, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon and a Principal Investigator within Educational and Community Supports, a research unit housed in the College of Education. Dr. Nese currently serves as the Director of an IES grant to develop an instructional alternative to exclusionary discipline, and Co-Principal Investigator on two additional IES grants to identify factors that predict implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices, and to develop technology to improve online learning for educators. Dr. Nese also provides technical assistance to state, district, and school level teams across the nation on preventative practices, including addressing implicit bias in school discipline, effective classroom behavior management strategies, bullying prevention, and alternatives to exclusionary discipline practices through the OSEP-funded National TA-Center on PBIS. Dr. Nese’s research involves intervention delivery within a multi-tiered behavior support framework focused on preventative strategies for improving student outcomes.



Ph.D., 2013, University of Oregon,
Major: School Psychology

M.Ed., 2008, Howard University,
Major: School Psychology

B.A., 2004, University of Maryland,
Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

New Junior Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon, 2019

Article of the Year, Behavioral Disorders, Council for Exceptional Children, 2017

Faculty Professional Development Fund Award, University of Oregon, 2017

Single-Case Research Institute Fellow, Institute of Education Sciences, 2017

Excellence in Early Career Research/Outreach Award, University of Oregon, 2017

Fairway Fund Awards, University of Oregon, 2015-2016

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, 2010-2013

Hill M. Walker Legacy Fund Award, University of Oregon, 2011

Helena DeGnath Wessela Memorial Fund Award, University of Oregon, 2011

American Psychological Association Division 16 Student Travel Award, 2011

Florence Wolfard Fund Award, University of Oregon, 2010

Promising Scholars Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2009-2010

Minority Student Travel Award, University of Oregon, 2009

University of Maryland School of Education Trustee Scholarship, 2007

Howard University Educational Research Scholarship, 2006

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Academic Excellence Award, 2002

ACT-NMCR Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship, 2001


Nese, R. N. T., Bastable, E., Gion, C., Massar, M., Nese, J. F. T., & McCroskey, C. (In press). Preliminary analysis of an instructional alternative to exclusionary discipline. The Journal of At-Risk Issues.

Nese, R. N. T., Nese, J. F. T., McIntosh, K., Mercer, S. H., & Kittelman, A. (2019). Predicting latency of reaching adequate implementation of tier I school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 21, 106-116. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098300718783755

Nese, R. N. T., McDaniel, S., Hirsch, S., Green, A., Sprague, J., & McIntosh, K., (2019).Major systems for facilitating safety and pro-social behavior: Positive school wide behavior. In D. Osher, M. J. Mayer, R. J. Jagers, K. Kendziora, & L. Woods (Eds.), Keeping students safe and helping them thrive. A collaborative handbook on school safety, mental health, and wellness, vol 2 (pp. 256-276). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.

Nese, R. N. T. & McIntosh, K. (2016). Do school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports, not exclusionary discipline practices. In B. G. Cook, M. TAnchorankersley, & T. J. Landrum (Eds.), Advances in learning and behavioral disabilities (pp. 175-196). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Nese, R. N. T., Anderson, C. A., Ruppert, T., & Fisher, P. (2016). Effects of a video feedback parent training program during child welfare visitation. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 266-276. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.11.007

Nese, R. N. T., McIntosh, K., Nese, J. F. T., Ghemraoui, A., Bloom, J., Johnson, N. W., Phillips, D., Richter, M. F., & Hoselton, R. (2016). Predicting abandonment of school-wide behavior support interventions. Behavioral Disorders, 42, 261-270. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17988/BD-15-95.1

Nese, R., Massar, M., & McIntosh, K. (2015). Alternatives to suspension: Strategies for school principals. Principal Leadership, 16, 52-56.

Nese, R. N. T., Horner, R. H., Rossetto Dickey, C., Stiller, B., & Tomlanovich, A. (2014). Decreasing bullying behavior in middle school: Expect respect. School Psychology Quarterly, 29, 272-286. doi: 10.1037/spq0000070