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John William McKenna

John McKenna, UMass Lowell Assistant Professor
John McKennaAssistant Professor of Moderate Disabilities

Education

  • BA: English, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    Supporting Area: Philosophy
  • MA: Education, Boston University
    Supporting Area: Special Education
  • Ph D: Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin
    Supporting Area: Students with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Research Consortium Faculty Excellence Award (2016), Scholarship/Research - St. John's University, Vincentian Institute for Social Action
  • Faculty Recognition Award (2015), Teaching - St. John’s University
  • Co-Author of Must Read in Special Education for 2012 (2013), Scholarship/Research - Council for Learning Disabilities
  • Outstanding Service Award: Childcare Worker of the Year (1997), Teaching - Italian Home for Children

Publications

  • McKenna, J., Kim, M., Shin, M., Pfannenstiel, K. (2017) "An evaluation of single-case reading intervention study quality for students with and at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders," Behavior Modification 41:6 pp. 868-906
  • Flower, A., McKenna, J., Haring, C.D. (2017) "Behavior and classroom management: Are teacher preparation programs really preparing our teachers?," Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth 61:2 pp. 163-169
  • Mitchell, B.S., Adamson, R., McKenna, J. (2017) "Curbing Our Enthusiasm: An Analysis of the Check-In/Check-Out Literature Using the Council for Exceptional Children’s Evidence-Based Practice Standards.," Behavior Modification 41:3 pp. 343-367
  • McKenna, J., Parenti, M. (2017) "Fidelity assessment to improve teacher instruction and school decision-making ," Journal of Applied School Psychology 33:4 pp. 331-346
  • McKenna, J., Flower, A., Falcomatta, T., Adamson, R. (2017) "Function-based replacement behavior interventions for students with problem behavior ," Behavioral Interventions
  • Kim, M., McKenna, J., Park, M. (2017) "The use of computer-assisted instruction to improve the reading comprehension of students with learning disabilities ," Remedial and Special Education 38:4 pp. 233-245
  • McKenna, J. (2017) "Use of mixed methods to identify teacher and student needs: Reflections on a partnership with a residential and day school for students with emotional and behavioral disorders," Sage Research Methods Cases
  • Shin, M., Bryant, D.P., Bryant, B.R., McKenna, J., Hou, F., Ok, M.W. (2017) "Virtual manipulatives: Tools for teaching fractions to students with learning disabilities ," Intervention in School & Clinic 52:3 pp. 148 - 153
  • Brigham, F.J., Ahn, S.Y., Stride, A.N., McKenna, J. (2016) "FAPE-Accompli: Misapplication of the Principles of Inclusion and Students with EBD," Emerald Group Publishing Limited pp. 31-47
  • Kang, E.Y., McKenna, J., Arden, S., Ciullo, S. (2016) "Integrated Reading and Writing Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Literature," Learning Disabilities Research & Practice 31:1 pp. 22-33
  • Shin, M., Lee, H., McKenna, J. (2016) "Special education and general education preservice teachers’ co-teaching experiences: a comparative synthesis of qualitative research," International Journal of Inclusive Education 20:1 pp. 91-107
  • Sciuchetti, B., McKenna, J., Flower , A. (2016) "Teacher knowledge and selection of evidence-based practices: A survey study ," Journal of Vincentian Social Action 1:2 pp. 20-31
  • McKenna, J., Ciullo, S. (2016) "Typical reading instructional practices provided to students with emotional and behavioral disorders in a residential and day treatment setting: A mixed methods study," Residential Treatment for Children & Youth 33:3-4 pp. 225-246
  • McKenna, J., Flower, A., Adamson, R. (2016) "A Systematic Review of Function-Based Replacement Behavior Interventions for Students With and At Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders," Behavior Modification 40:5 pp. 678-712
  • Flower, A., McKenna, J., Upreti, G. (2016) "Validity and Reliability of GraphClick and DataThief III for Data Extraction," Behavior Modification 40:3 pp. 396-413
  • McKenna, J., Flower, A., Kim, M.K., Ciullo, S., Haring, C. (2015) "A Systematic Review of Function-Based Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities," Learning Disabilities Research & Practice 30:1 pp. 15-28
  • McKenna, J., Shin, M., Ciullo, S. (2015) "Evaluating Reading and Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Disabilities: A Synthesis of Observation Research," Learning Disability Quarterly 38:4 pp. 195-207
  • Roberts, G.J., Solis, M., Ciullo, S., McKenna, J., Vaughn, S. (2015) "Reading interventions with behavioral and social skill outcomes: a synthesis of research," Behavior Modification 39:1 pp. 8-42
  • Flower, A., McKenna, J., Haring, C., Pazey, B. (2015) "School to life transition: Perceptions of youth in behavior intervention programs ," Preventing School Failure 59:4 pp. 217-226
  • McKenna, J., Muething, C., Flower, A., Bryant, D.P., Bryant, B. (2015) "Use and relationships among effective practices in co-taught inclusive high school classrooms," International Journal of Inclusive Education 19:1 pp. 53-70
  • Flower, A., McKenna, J., Bunuan, R.L., Muething, C.S., Vega, R. (2014) "Effects of the Good Behavior Game on challenging behaviors in school settings," Review of Educational Research 84:4 pp. 546-571
  • Flower, A., McKenna, J., Muething, C., Bryant, D., Bryant , B. (2014) "Effects of the Good Behavior Game on classwide off-task behavior in a high school algebra resource room ," Behavior Modification 38:1 pp. 45-68
  • McKenna, J., Flower, A. (2014) "Get Them Back on Track: Use of the Good Behavior Game to Improve Student Behavior.," Beyond Behavior 23:2 pp. 20-26
  • McKenna, J., Flower, A., Ciullo, S. (2014) "Measuring fidelity to improve intervention effectiveness," Intervention in School and Clinic 50:1 pp. 15-21
  • McKenna, J. (2013) "The Disproportionate Representation of African Americans in Programs for Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders," Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth 57:4 pp. 206-211
  • Swanson, E., Solis, M., Ciullo, S., McKenna, J. (2012) "Special education teachers’ perceptions and instructional practices in response to intervention implementation," Learning Disability Quarterly 35:2 pp. 115-126

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Seed Grant (2017), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    McKenna, J.
  • Faculty Seed Grant. (), Grant - St. John’s University
    McKenna, J.
  • Improving Teacher Effectiveness in High Need/Low Resourced Schools. Sinatra Foundation Grant (), Grant - St. John’s University
    McKenna, J.
  • Long Graduate Fellowship (), Fellowship - The Long Foundation
    McKenna, J.
  • Graduate Student Recruitment Fellowship (), Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin
    McKenna, J.
  • Newton Schools Foundation Grant: Science at the Elementary Stabilization Program (), Grant -
    McKenna, J.
  • Cambridge Savings Bank Grant: Universal Design for Learning (), Grant -
    McKenna, J.
  • Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Practitioner Grant: Social Skills Through Film and Drama (), Grant -
    McKenna, J.