One of the primary reasons Penn State is recognized around the globe as a distinguished university is the faculty. As a World Campus student, you will enjoy the opportunity to learn from the same instructors who teach traditional, face-to-face classes on Penn State's campuses across Pennsylvania.
Dana M. Garner
Ph.D., Special Education, Penn State
M.A., Applied Behavior Analysis, Penn State
B.A., Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Dana M. Garner, BCBA-D, is an assistant professor of special education at Penn State and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation. Dr. Garner serves as the lead supervisor for our Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her career, she has served as therapeutic support staff, a behavioral specialist consultant, parent coach, school district trainer, and supervisor for numerous professionals seeking BCBA certification. Her areas of interest include development of ABA programming and intervention analysis, staff development and supervision, and adult higher education. Learn more about Dr. Garner.
Ph.D., Special Education, Ohio State University
M.A., Special Education, Ohio State University B.A., Psychology/Sociology and Women’s Studies, Youngstown State University
Dr. Rick Kubina, BCBA-D, is a professor of special education at Penn State and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation. Dr. Kubina's research focuses on the science of individual measurement and performance/learning improvement. He is the co-author of The Precision Teaching Book and the co-founder of Chartlytics, a web application system for precisely pinpointing and recording behavior for making decisions and using repeated problem-solving to help learners experience effective and efficient learning outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Kubina.
Ph.D., Special Education, Purdue University
M.Ed., Special Education, California University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. David Lee, BCBA-D, is a professor of special education at Penn State and is the department head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education. He is also the director of the Applied Behavior Analysis program and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation. The focus of Dr. Lee’s research is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate programs to support students with or at risk for emotional/behavior disorders. His research draws upon a behavior analytic framework to create positive, function-based interventions for students, primarily in middle/high school. Learn more about Dr. Lee.
Ph.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University
M.S., Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University
B.S., Psychology, Fordham University
Dr. Kelly Mercorella, BCBA-D, is an assistant professor of special education at Penn State and teaches a variety of courses for the online M.Ed. program in Special Education. Dr. Mercorella's research interests center around facilitating reading comprehension for elementary students with disabilities, particularly designing interventions to instruct students on visualization strategies related to reading. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Mercorella was a special education teacher in both self-contained and inclusive settings, serving students from Pre–K through fifth grade. Learn more about Dr. Mercorella.
Tracy J. Raulston
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Oregon
M.Ed., Special Education, Texas State University
B.S., Special Education, Texas A&M University
Dr. Tracy J. Raulston, BCBA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Penn State. Her scholarship focuses on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices for children with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental delays/disabilities. Specifically, she is interested in supporting caregivers to implement behavioral interventions in home, community, and school settings. Learn more about Dr. Raulston.
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Virginia
M.S., Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S., Special Education, University of Kansas
Dr. Pamela Wolfe is an associate professor of special education at Penn State and the director of the Educating Individuals with Autism certificate program. Her teaching and research center on work with persons having autism spectrum disorders (ASD), severe disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Her research includes interventions related to social skills and sexuality for persons with ASD, as well as advocacy and transition. She has presented at international and national conferences on topics such as teacher training, application of evidence based instruction, and intervention models. Learn more about Dr. Wolfe.