Associate Professor

Dr. Garwood's research and teaching focuses on students with and at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) across three specific areas: (1) pre-service preparation and teachers use of relationship-based pedagogy, (2) academic interventions, and (3) classroom management. Dr. Garwood serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Disorders and the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. He is a licensed teacher in English Education 7-12 and Special Education K-12.

Dr. Garwood's research is currently (2020-2024) funded by the U.S. Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences at $500,000. He is Principal Investigator for Project Burn and Turn, an exploratory project examining malleable factors related to special education teacher burnout.

Dr. Garwood's most recent book, Reclaim Your Challenging Classroom: Relationship-based Behavior Management, was published in 2021 by Corwin Press. In addition, he has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of special education.


Published/Accepted Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Garwood, J. D., & Gage, N. (accepted). Evidence for the technical adequacy of the RADR: Examining risks while avoiding profiling youth with mental health difficulties. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

McKenna, J. W., Brigham, F., Garwood, J. D., Zurawski, L., Koc, M., Lavin, C., & Werunga, R. (accepted). A systematic review of intervention studies for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders: Identifying the research base. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Under Review

Cheek, A. E., Harris, B. A., Koppenhaver, D. A., Garwood, J. D., & Laws, B. R. (pending revisions). Technology-supported shared reading in a rural classroom serving children with severe intellectual disabilities and complex communication needs. Rural Special Education Quarterly.

Garwood, J. D., & Adamson, R. (pending revisions). Historical perspectives on aggression and an exploration of its origins in youth with emotional disturbance. Preventing School Failure.


Harris, A. H., & Garwood, J. D. (2021). Reclaim Your Challenging Classroom: Relationship Based Behavior Management. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Book Chapters

Garwood, J. D., Mason, L. H., & Lavin, C. (2020). Self-regulated strategy development. In R. T. Boon, M. Burke, & L. Bowman-Perrott (Eds.), Literacy instruction for students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD): Research-based interventions for classroom practice (pp. 137-156). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Harris, A. H., & Garwood, J. D. (2015). Beginning the school year. In W. G. Scarlett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Classroom Management (pp. 88-92). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Harris, A. H., Shapiro, B. R., & Garwood, J. D. (2015). Space: Elementary and secondary classrooms. In W. G. Scarlett (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Classroom Management (pp. 567-570). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Book Reviews

Garwood, J. D. (2013). A review of teaching about disabilities through children’s literature. Educational Studies, 49, 285-289. 9 Last Updated: March 2021

Program Evaluation Reports

Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Garwood, J. D., & Mokrova, I. L. (2016). Children’s pre-k experiences and outcomes in the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program: 2014– 2015 statewide evaluation. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

Peisner-Feinberg, E. S., Garwood, J. D., & Mokrova, I. L. (2016). Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2014-2015 evaluation: Longitudinal study findings through kindergarten. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Poling, D., Van Loan, C. L., Garwood, J. D., & Riddle, D. (2021, March). Building teacher -student relationships: Research-based approaches, practices, and strategies. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Online.

Garwood, J. D. (2021, February). What are interventionists doing with students with emotional and behavioral disorders? Poster presentation at the Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC). Coronado, CA

Awards and Recognition

  • Research Article of the Year (2019): American Council on Rural Special Education
  • Early Career Publication Award (2018): Council for Exceptional Children - Division for Research
  • Outstanding Early Career Award in Teacher Preparation (2018): NC Council for Exceptional Children
  • Excellence in Mentorship (2015): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)"
Justin D. Garwood

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Classroom Management
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Quantitative Research Methodology
  • Single-Case Design Research
  • Teacher-Student Relationship Quality


  • Ph.D. in Education (Special Education and Literacy), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education (English Education), Vanderbilt University
  • B.S. in English, State University New York (SUNY) College at Brockport
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport


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Office Location:

451 Waterman Bldg.

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Courses Taught

EDSP 318: Behavior Analysis in Special Education
EDSP 310: Curriculum and Technology in Special Education – Literacy
EDSP 218: Preventing and Responding to School Shootings
EDSP 201: Foundations of Special Education
EDSP 117: Classroom Management for Student and Teacher Success
EDSP 005: Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities
EDLP 491: Doctoral Dissertation Research
EDLP 397B: Independent Quantitative Research