Assistant Professor

Justin D. Garwood, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. He completed his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and for two years prior to coming to UVM was an Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University.

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) literacy interventions, and (3) classroom management. Dr. Garwood serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and he is a licensed teacher in English Education 7-12 and Special Education K-12.

In 2018, Dr. Garwood’s research was recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Research for the Early Career Publication Award and his teaching was recognized by the NC Council for Exceptional Children – Teacher Education Division for the Outstanding Early Career Award in Teacher Preparation.

Publications

*Garwood, J. D., Werts, M. G., Mason, L. H., Harris, B., Austin, M. B., Ciullo, S., Koppenhaver, D. A., & Shin, M. (in press). Improving persuasive science writing for secondary students with emotional and behavioral disorders educated in residential treatment facilities.  Behavioral Disorders.

*Garwood, J. D., & Ampuja, A. A. (in press). Inclusion of students with learning, emotional, and behavioral disabilities through strength-based approaches. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Van Loan, C. L., & Garwood, J. D. (in press). Measuring relationships between adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and their teachers: A psychometric report. Assessment for Effective Intervention.

Garwood, J. D., & Brunsting, N. C. (in press). Does self-regulated strategy development work for all students with and at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders? A meta-review. Special Education Research, Policy and Practice.

Garwood, J. D., & Van Loan, C. L. (in press). Pre-service educators’ dispositions toward inclusive practices for students with emotional and behavioural disorders. International Journal of Inclusive Education.

Van Loan, C. L., Garwood, J. D., Smith, S. W., & Daunic, A. P. (in press). Take CHARGE! A randomized controlled trial of a social problem-solving curriculum to support students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

Garwood, J. D., & Van Loan, C. L. (in press). Using social stories with students with social, emotional, and behavioral disorders: The promise and the perils. Exceptionality.

Garwood, J. D. (2018). Literacy interventions for secondary students formally identified with emotional and behavioral disorders: Trends and gaps in the research. Journal of Behavioral Education, 27, 23-52.

*Garwood, J. D., Werts, M. G., Varghese, C., & Gosey, L. (2018). Mixed-methods analysis of rural special educators’ role stressors, behavior management, and burnout. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 37, 30-43.

Vernon-Feagans, L., Bratsch-Hines, M., Varghese, C., Cutrer, E. A., & Garwood, J. D. (2018). Improving struggling readers' early literacy skills through a tier 2 professional development program for rural classroom teachers: The Targeted Reading Intervention. The Elementary School Journal, 118, 525-548.

Garwood, J. D., Van Loan, C. L., & Werts, M. G. (2018).  Mindset of paraprofessionals serving students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Intervention in School and Clinic, 53, 206-211. [selected for special issue]

Mason, L. H., Cramer, A. M., Garwood, J. D., Varghese, C., Hamm, J., & Murray, A. (2017). Efficacy of self-regulated strategy development instruction for developing writers with and without disabilities in rural schools: A randomized controlled trial. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 36, 168-179.

Garwood, J. D., Vernon-Feagans, L., & the Family Life Project Key Investigators. (2017). Classroom management affects literacy development of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Exceptional Children, 83, 123-142.

Bratsch-Hines, M. E., Vernon-Feagans, L., Varghese, C., & Garwood, J. D. (2017).  Child skills and teacher qualifications: Associations with elementary classroom teachers’ reading instruction for struggling readers. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 32, 270-283.

Marlowe, M. J., Garwood, J. D., & Van Loan, C. L. (2017). Psychoeducational approaches for pre-service teachers regarding emotional and behavioral disorders and the relationship-driven classroom. International Journal of Special Education, 32, 858-876.

Garwood, J. D., Varghese, C., & Vernon-Feagans, L. (2017). Internalizing behaviors and hyperactivity/inattention: Consequences for young struggling readers, and especially boys. Journal of Early Intervention, 39, 218-235.

Garwood, J. D., Ciullo, S., & Brunsting, N. (2017). Supporting students with emotional and behavioral disorders’ comprehension and reading fluency. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 49, 391-401.

Garwood, J. D. (2017). Multimodal exercise as intervention for school-aged children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Yoga and Physiotherapy, 2(4), 1-3. [invited manuscript]

Garwood, J. D., Harris, A. H., & Tomick, J. K. (2017). Starting at the beginning: An intuitive choice for classroom management. Teacher Education and Practice, 30, 77-97.

Varghese, C., Garwood, J. D., Bratsch-Hines, M., & Vernon-Feagans, L. (2016). Exploring magnitude of change in teacher efficacy and implications for students’ early literacy growth. Teaching and Teacher Education, 55, 228-239.

Tichnor-Wagner, A., Garwood, J. D., Bratsch-Hines, M. E., & Vernon-Feagans, L. (2016). Home literacy environments and foundational literacy skills for struggling and non-struggling readers in rural early elementary schools. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 31, 6-21.

Able, H., Sreckovic, M. A., Schultz, T., Garwood, J. D., & Sherman, J. (2015). Views from the trenches: Teacher and student supports needed for full inclusion of students with ASD.  Teacher Education and Special Education, 38, 44-57.

Garwood, J. D., Brunsting, N. C., & Fox, L. C. (2014). Improving reading comprehension and fluency outcomes for adolescents with emotional-behavioral disorders: Recent research synthesized. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 181-194.

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

Awards and Recognition

2018  Early Career Publication Award
Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Research
2018  Outstanding Early Career Award in Teacher Preparation
   NC Council for Exceptional Children – Teacher Education Division
2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Award
   Nominated at Appalachian State University
2015  Excellence in Mentorship
   Nominated at UNC-Chapel Hill
2014-15 UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship
   UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education
2013-14  Dolores Zohrab Liebman Fellowship Representative
   UNC-Chapel Hill
2009-10 Laverne W. Noyes Scholarship Recipient
   Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
2001-04 Alpha Chi National Collegiate Honor Society
Chancellor’s List
Dean’s List
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society
State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport

Associations and Affiliations

American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD)
Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES)
Division of Research (DR)
Teacher Education Division (TED)

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Classroom management
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Research methods

Education

  • Ph.D. in Special Education and Literacy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University
  • B.S. in English and B.S. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Brockport

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-2712
Office Location:

499B Waterman

Website(s):
  1. Google Scholar