Dr. George Sugai
Carole J. Neag Chair in Special Education
Dr. George Sugai, one of this country's foremost authorities on emotional disorders, behavioral disorders, and positive behavior supports, was hired by the Neag School of Education in 2005 for the recently established Carole J. Neag Chair in Special Education.
At a time when schools are under mounting pressure to increase test scores, evidence-based research, including Dr. Sugai's, shows a definitive link between academic achievement and school environment. Although much of his early work has emphasized improving individual student behavior, during the last decade he has shifted his attention toward understanding and affecting behavioral systems at the whole-school, district and state levels. He is working to develop the Neag School of Education's plan for the Center for Behavior Education and Research and attain its goal of becoming a significant resource for school districts in the state and nation.
His move from the University of Oregon establishes UConn as Oregon's primary partner in the widely-respected national center on School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Sugai will remain its co-director.