Collin Shepley, Ph.D., BCBA
Collin Shepley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education and serves as a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Shepley worked in public schools for seven years as a paraprofessional, home-based service provider, and classroom teacher. The majority of his time in public schools was a preschool special education teacher serving children with social-communication delays and challenging behavior. In addition, Dr. Shepley worked in the University of Georgia’s Severe Behavior and Skill Acquisition Clinic as a clinical supervisor, overseeing service-provision. In this setting, Dr. Shepley oversaw program development and implementation for individuals with severe behavior and young children with autism.
Dr. Shepley presently teaches courses related to child development, preschool lesson planning, and assessment of young children. Dr. Shepley has previously taught courses related to managing severe and aggressive behavior in schools, ethics in applied behavior analysis, and single-case methodology in special education.
Central to all Dr. Shepley’s research projects is a focus on identifying and providing research-supported interventions to children with disabilities in schools and homes. In addition, Dr. Shepley adheres to research practices in accordance with the Open Science movement, whereby data and materials are freely available to consumers. Current research interests include feasible practices for training teachers and caregivers, tiered support systems in early childhood settings, and advancing research methods in early childhood and special education.