Jennifer J. McComas
University of Minnesota
Dr. Jennifer McComas is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota where she directs the Urban Indian Education Partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools and heads the teacher licensure program in the area of emotional/behavior disorders. In 2009, Dr. McComas was named the Rodney S. Wallace Professor for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Her research is primarily focused on the influence of behavioral mechanisms and social context on severe problem behavior and academic difficulties and the acquisition and persistence of pro-social behavior. She has published research on the influence of establishing operations, stimulus control, schedules of reinforcement, and matching theory on self-injurious, aggressive, and destructive behavior. Dr. McComas’ research has been funded by the NIMH and the U.S. Department of Education. She also serves as co-principal investigator with her colleague, Frank Symons, on a number of NIH-funded grants on the bio-behavioral analysis of self-injury and pain. She served as associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently associate editor for the Journal of Behavioral Education. Dr. McComas oversees a federally funded leadership training grant in which she is preparing doctoral students to be leaders in the area of response to intervention, a three-tiered approach to promoting academic and behavioral success of K–12 students.