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  Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 09:47:23 AM Tue, 1 May 2012 
 Kevin John Callahan
 Contact Information
Kevin John Callahan
Adjunct Associate Professor-Educational Psychology, Director-COE Autism Center
Contact address   1508 S. Bonnie Brae St., University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 76207     Office LocationMean Green Village, Building B, Room No.: 123 
Email  callahan@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 369-7426    Fax No: (940) 369-7177   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Master's Degree-equivalent Program Command and Staff Leadership Naval War College/Newport, RI 1999
Doctor of Philosophy Special Education/Specialization in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Utah State University/Logan, UT 1993
Master of Education Special Education/Specialization in Moderate & Severe Disabilities/Autism Georgia State University/Atlanta, GA 1988
Bachelor of Arts Special Education/Dual Major in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances University of West Florida/Pensacola, Fl 1982
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Classroom Behavior Management Strategies and Interventions
Evidence-based Practices for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Theories of Learning and Human Behavior
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011-PresentExecutive Director UNT Autism CenterUniversity of North Texas
2010-2011Intelligence Program Coordinator  Federal Bureau of Investigation
1999-2010Associate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology (Programs in Special Education) University of North Texas
2008-2009Chief, Tripartite Joint Intelligence Operations Center/US Senior National Representative NATO, International Security Assistance Force (U.S. Navy)Kabul, Afghanistan
2007-2008Chief Staff Officer, Reserve Intelligence Area Southeast (Rank of Captain) U.S. Navy ReserveNAS Fort Worth JRB, Fort Worth, TX
2002-2003Deputy Director, Operations U.S. Navy Planning & Support Directorate Headquarters, USSouthern Command, Miami FL
1992-1999Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Technology and Cognition (Programs in Special Education) University of North Texas
1990-1992Coordinator Project REACH/ Center for Persons with DisabilitiesUtah State University, Logan, UT
1988-1992Doctoral Student/ Research AssistantDepartment of Special Education Utah State University, Logan, UT
1988-1992Parent Trainer Achievement Plus/ Projecr REACH 
1988-1992In-Service Teacher Trainer Achievement Plus Program 
1985-1989Teaching CertificateDepartment of EducationLearning Disabilities (K-12), Behavior Disorders (K-12), Interrelated/Special Education (K-12)State of Georgia
1984-1988Special Education TeacherFulton County Board of Education-Holcomb Bridge Middle School  
1982-1987Teacher's CertificateDepartment of EducationElementary and Secondary Level, Specific Learning DisabilitiesState of Florida
1983-1984Student Naval Flight Officer United States Navy-Naval Aviation Schools CommandNaval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
1981-1982Special Education TeacherEscambia County School District Escambia County Dentention Center, Pensacola, Fl
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   
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  YearPublication  Type
Evaluating the effectiveness of video instruction on social and communication skills training for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A review of the literature.
Shukla-Mehta, S., Miller, T., & Callahan, K.J.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 25(1), 23-36.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
ABA vs. TEACCH: The case for defining and validating comprehensive treatment models in autism
Callahan, K., Shukla-Mehta, S., Magee, S., & Wie, M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(1), 74-88.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Social validation of evidence-based practices in autism by parents, teachers, and administrators
Callahan, K., Henson, R. K., & Cowan, A. K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 678-692
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
A survey of teacher ethics and behavior in special education
Callahan, K., Norris, F., & Bridges, D.
REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 13(1), 47-58
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Using self-management strategies to increase the on-task behavior of a student with autism
Callahan, K., & Rademacher, J.A.
Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 1(2), 117-122
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
  Presentations/Projects per page   
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2007 2007 Mehta, S., & Callahan, K. (2007, March). Merging methodologies to facilitate positive outcomes for students with disabilities. 4th Annual Association for Positive Behavior Support International Conference, Boston, MA.
2006 2006 Callahan, K. (2006, April). Social validation of essential components of school-based autism programs. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2005 2005 Callahan, K., Cowan, A., and Longbrake, B. (2005, June). What makes a high quality public school classroom for students with autism? Irish Association for Teachers in Special Education International Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2008-2012Project DART: Distance Education for Autism Personnel in Rural Texas Co-author and Co-Project Director with Dr. Mehta and Dr. CombesUS DOE$799,999Co-PIActive
2006-2010Project STARS: Systematic Training for Autism Researchers and School Personnel Lead author (with Dr. Combes) and Principle Investigator; Project Co-Director with Drs. Combesa and MehtaUnited States Department of Education (USDOE)$799,848Principal InvestigatorActive
2001-2006A comprehensive, collaborative Master’s Degree program to meet the special education needs of children with autism in Texas (Principal investigator, co-author, with Bullock)United States Department of Education (USDOE), Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities$1,495,360Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2001-2002Personnel Preparation Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (Co-author, with Bullock)UNT Teaching with Technology$40,080Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1999A comprehensive, collaborative master’s degree program to meet the special education needs of children with autism in Texas (Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities)U.S. Department of Education$1,497,219Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1998-1999Developing a Rule Management Routine (with Rademacher et al.)ARCO (College of Education)$2,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1994-1999Behavioral interventionists to facilitate the full inclusion of students with emotional/behavioral disorders in regular education environments (co-author, with Bullock)USDOE, Preparation of Leadership Personnel$589,140Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1997Faculty Research GrantCollege of Education Academy for Research and Professional Development$1,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1997A parent and professional collaborative training program to meet the special education needs of students and families with autism. U.S. Department of Education, Grants for Personnel Training and Parent Training and Information Centers$750,000OtherCompleted
1996-1997Faculty Research GrantCollege of Education Academy for Research and Professional Development$1,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1996A collaborative preservice training program to meet the special education needs of students and families with autismU.S. Department of Education, Grant for Preservice Personnel Training$149,737OtherCompleted
1995UNT Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipToulouse School of Graduate Studies$3,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1995Training parents of children with disabilities to facilitate a home-based self-management program to increase homework performanceU.S. Department of Education, Advancing and Improving the Research Knowledge Base$103,000OtherCompleted
1994An investigation of referral and placement sex ratios for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and implications of differential interactions between teachers and male/female studentsUNT Faculty Research Grant$3,770OtherCompleted
1990-1993A comprehensive approach to substance abuse prevention for high risk youth: Involving the schools, the family, and the community (co-author, with Young, West, & Mason)USDOE, Drug Free Schools and Communities Program$766,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Consulting Activities
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)*Company/OrganizationRoleFundingWork Performed
2006UNT PressOther Reviewed Run Sam Run: A Memoir of a Mother’s Life Before Autism
2006Pearson, Merrill Prentice HallOther Reviewed Young Children with Special Needs (4th Ed.)
2005Pearson, Merrill Prentice HallOther Reviewed final copy of Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
2004Pearson, Merrill Prentice HallOther Reviewed textbook prospectus, table of contents, and chapters 5-6, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective Instructional Practices
2004Pearson, Merrill Prentice HallOther Reviewed textbook prospectus for Special Education Student Teaching
1999Addison, Wesley, LongmanOther Reviewed textbook prospectus, Managing Behavior in Inclusive Classrooms, by Philip Waltrop
1999Prentice HallOther Reviewed textbook, Student Teacher to Master Teacher (2nd ed), by Rosenberg, O’Shea, & O’Shea
1998Brooks-Cole Publishing CompanyOther Textbook reviewer (Three Psychologies: Perspectives from Freud, Skinner, and Rogers, by Robert D. Nye)
1998Southlake Carroll ISDOther Presented an inservice workshop on the development and implementation of classroom rules and self-monitoring strategies to an audience of general and special educators
1998Addison, Wesley, LongmanOther Reviewed textbook, Field Experience: A Guide to Reflective Teaching (5th ed), by George J. Posner
1997Southlake Carroll ISDOther Served as mentor for first-year teachers, and advisor for research and evaluation of grant project
1996Denton County Sped CooperativeOther Provided behavior management and programming consultation to teacher of student with emotional and behavioral disorders, and in-home behavior management training to the student’s parents
1996Denton County Special Education Co-Operative/ Krum ElementaryOther Provided in-home behavior management and academic programming consultation for student with autism
1996Denton County Special Education Co-Operative Argyle SchoolOther Presented in-service training workshop to teachers, paraprofessionals, and related services personnel on issues regarding autism programming
1996Denton County Special EducationOther Provided on-going consultation to Co-operative/Argyle School teachers and parents regarding behavioral and academic programming, and peer mentoring, for students with autism in an extended school year program
1996Azle Independent School DistrictOther Autism consulting/inservice training workshops
1996Council for Exceptional ChildrenOther Delivered two-day professional development workshop on the inclusion of students with emotional and behavioral disorders
1995-1996Argyle Elementary SchoolOther Provided ongoing faculty training and consultation in the area of instructional and behavioral modifications for students with disabilities (autism) in the regular education classroom
1995Council for Exceptional ChildrenOther Delivered two-day workshop at the Inclusive Schools Institute, Dallas, Texas
1995Denton County Sped CooperativeOther Provided consultation and evaluation for Extended Year School Autism Program
1995Prentice Hall, Education DivisionOther Textbook reviewer (special education textbook)
1994Aubrey ISDOther Provided pre-service training for Aubrey High School Professional Development Center students in various special education topics
1994Richardson ISDOther Providing ongoing consultation to teacher in self-contained classroom for students with emotional and behavioral disorders
1993Center for Persons with Disabilities, Logan, UtahOther Provided data analyses support and formulated evaluation plan for federally funded research project
1993Mansfield ISDOther Provided staff development training workshop in classroom behavior management
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2004Educational and Psychological MeasurementAd hoc reviewer
2000Educational and Psychological MeasurementAd hoc reviewer
1999Journal of Learning DisabilitiesAd hoc reviewer
toggle toggle Teaching
EDSP 3210

EDSP 3210.001

EDSP 3300

EDSP 4350

EDSP 4680

EDSP 5240

EDSP 5330

EDSP 5350*

EDSP 5600

EDSP 5610

EDSP 5620

EDSP 5630/40

EDSP 5800

toggle toggle Mentoring/Advising
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2005Ghaleb AdhiaryCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
2005Mandy YeagerCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
2004BEHV studentCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1999Joseph NolanCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1999Cindy MyersCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1998Lynda HandlotgenCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1998Amy StephensCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1996-1998Provide all advisement for Undergraduate education studentsUndergraduate AdvisementUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingUndergraduate Advisement
1997Kathy BaldwinCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1996Judy ThurmanCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1996Kathy WilliamsCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1996Mishaleen AllenCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1995Daniel MorganCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1995Noel LivaudaisCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1995Dana HaraderCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1995Supervised two graduate research assistantsGraduate-Other AdvisementGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
1994Patrick MacArtherCommittee MemberGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate-Dissertations/Theses
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2007-PresentUNT IRB Conflict of Interest Sub-committeeCommittee MemberUniversity Service
2007-PresentUNT IRB Conflict of Interest Sub-committeeCommittee MemberUniversity Service
2007-PresentPersonnel Affairs CommitteeCommittee MemberDepartment Service
2005-PresentAcademy Advisory CommitteeCommittee MemberCollege Service
2003-PresentDepartment Chair Search CommitteeCommittee MemberDepartment Service
1997-PresentUniversity Athletic Council (Appointed)Committee MemberUniversity Service
1997-PresentDenton County Autism SocietyBoard of DirectorsLocal Committee Assignment
1997-PresentUniversity Athletic CouncilCommittee MemberUniversity Service
2005-2007College of Education Undergraduate Curriculum CommitteeCommittee MemberCollege Service
2005College of Education Grade Appeal CommitteeChairCollege Service
2004-2005Academic Plan National Recognition SubcommitteeChairCollege Service
2004-2005Academic Plan Steering CommitteeCommittee MemberCollege Service
2000-2003Committee on CommitteesCommittee MemberUniversity Service
2001-2002Personnel Affairs Task ForceChairDepartment Service
2000-2002Grievance CommitteeCommittee MemberCollege Service
2000-2002Disabilities Task Force (Appointed)Committee MemberUniversity Service
2000-2002Disabilities Task ForceCommittee MemberUniversity Service
2000-2001COE Promotion and Tenure Task ForceChairCollege Service
1998-2001University CommitteeCommittee MemberUniversity Service
1996-2001North Texas Federation of Area Colleges and Universities Special Education CommitteeCommittee MemberUniversity Service
1997-2000Personnel Affairs CommitteeCommittee MemberDepartment Service
1999ExCET Information & Communication SubcommitteeCommittee MemberCollege Service
1999Ad Hoc Grade Appeal CommitteeChairCollege Service
1995-1999Grievance CommitteeCommittee MemberCollege Service
1998Program Faculty Search CommitteeCommittee MemberProgram Service
1997-1998TCEC Executive Committee/ Nominating CommitteeCommittee MemberState
1996-1998Undergraduate AdvisorAdvisorProgram Service
1996-1998McNair ProgramFaculty Research MentorStudent Organization Service
1995-1998Campus Clubs Committee (Appointed)Committee MemberUniversity Service
1994-1998Faculty Handbook Committee (Appointed)Committee MemberUniversity Service
1996-1997Undergraduate Advising Task ForceAppointed/ Task Force MemberCollege Service
1995Provost’s Ad-Hoc CommitteeAppointed/ Committee MemberCollege Service
toggle toggle Memberships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2004-PresentCouncil for Exceptional Children Division for Developmental DisabilitiesMemberInternational/ National
2004-PresentTexas Association for Behavior Analysis (Tx-ABA)MemberState
1997-PresentTexas Council for Exceptional Children (TCEC)MemberState
1997-PresentAutism Society of America (ASA)MemberInternational/ National
1994-PresentCouncil for Exceptional Children Division for Research (CEC-DR)MemberInternational/ National
1992-PresentAssociation for Behavior Analysis (ABA)MemberInternational/ National
1990-PresentNaval Reserve Association (NRA)MemberInternational/ National
1984-PresentCouncil for Exceptional Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)MemberInternational/ National
1984-PresentCouncil for Exceptional Children (CEC)MemberInternational/ National
1996-2001Denton County Autism Society (DCAS)MemberLocal
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2008UNT Faculty Research Assistant AwardCOE Academy for Research and Professional Development
2007Charn Award for International DevelopmentUNT Provost Office
2006Outstanding ProfessorStudent Council for Exceptional Students
2006Outstanding AdvisorStudent Council for Exceptional Students
2000Developing Scholar AwardUNT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
1986Exceptional Education Teacher-of-the-YearMetropolitan Atlanta Council for Exceptional Children
toggle toggle Field Experience
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Company/OrganizationPosition
2003-PresentUNT Chapter of the Student Council for Exceptional ChildrenFaculty Mentor
2003-PresentAutism Intervention Program (51 graduate students)Advisor
1999-PresentStudent Council for Exceptional ChildrenCo-Advisor
2004-2005College of Education Developing Scholar Mentor ProgramFaculty Research Mentor
1999-2000College of Education Developing Scholar Mentor ProgramFaculty Research Mentor
1998-1999College of Education Developing Scholar Mentor ProgramFaculty Research Mentor
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2007Facilitated the 2nd Annual “Adventures in Autism” ConferenceKeynote SpeakerProfessional Activity
2005Facilitatled the 1st Annual “Adventures in Autism” ConferenceKeynote SpeakerProfessional Activity
2005-Special Education Program Faculty Search CommitteeCo-ChairProgram Service
2005-Association for Precision Learning, Inc.Vice PresidentProfessional Community Service
2004-DFW Center for AutismAdvisory Board MemberProfessional Community Service
2004International Council for Exceptional Children ConferenceParticipantInstructionally-Related Activities
2003State Board for Educator Certification Supplemental Standards Setting MeetingParticipantProfessional Activity
1998-2001Faculty SenateFaculty SenatorUniversity Service
1998Attended 7th Annual Texas State Autism Conference, Corpus Christi, TexasParticipantProfessional Community Service
1998Attended the following courses from the UNT Center For Distributed Learning for constucting web-based coursesParticipantPower Point, Planning Your Course, Web I, Web II, and Web III
1997-1999Denton County Autism SocietyBoard MemberProfessional Community Service
1997Facilitated meeting of Autism Legislation Working GroupParticipantDenton County Autism Society
1997Attended autism seminar, Region X Education Service CenterParticipantProfessional Community Service
1997Made presentation to Texas Interagency Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental DisabilitiesPresentorProfessional Community Service
1997Attended Dallas Autism ConferenceParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Texas Women's University Department of Special Education Faculty Search CommitteeCommittee MemberProfessional Organization
1996-1997Supervised McNair Scholar (Frankie LeChe’ DeVaull), responsible for facilitating research and scholarship activitiesParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Attended Federation Meeting, TWUParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Attended Region XI Education Service Center Training, “Introduction to TEACCH”, Fort WorthParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Attended Texas State Autism Conference, Corpus ChristiParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Attended Region XI Educational Service Center Autism Assessment Training Workshop (2-days), Fort WorthParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Attended Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Summer Training Institute, “Implementing the National Agenda for Children/Youth with EBD: Strategies for achieveing better results,” Las VegasParticipantProfessional Community Service
1996Attended Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders, Kansas City, MissouriParticipantProfessional Community Service
1995Attended Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Training Institute, “Symposium on Violent and Aggressive Youth,” San DiegoParticipantProfessional Community Service
1995Attended American Educational Research Association International Conference, San FranciscoParticipantProfessional Community Service
1995Attended Council for Exceptional Children International Conference, IndianapolisParticipantProfessional Community Service
1994Aubrey High School Professional Development SchoolConducted staff development sessions to studentsSpecial Education
1994Attended “Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Students in Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs,” IrvingParticipantProfessional Community Service
1992-Special Education Program CommitteeCommittee MemberProgram Service
1992-1993Cowart Elementary Professional Development SchoolOn-site course instructorProfessional Organization
1987-1988Council for Exceptional Children (Mamie Jo Jones Chapter)Vice PresidentProfessional Organization
1986-1987Council for Exceptional Children (Mamie Jo Jones Chapter)SecretaryProfessional Organization
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