J. Ron NelsonInterim Department Chair, Larry & Sharon Roos Family Professor of Special Education
Ph.D., Special Education/Educational Psychology, Utah State University, 1990
M.S., Special Education, Eastern Montana College, 1987
B.S., Agricultural/Secondary Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
B.S., Plant Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 1979
Ron Nelson is the Larry & Sharon Roos Family Professor of Special Education, a College of Education and Human Sciences Scholar, and co-director of the Center for At-Risk Children's Services. His expertise spans a range of areas for special needs, including learning technologies, English language literacy, emotional and behavioral disorders, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and risk factors for behavior and learning problems.
During his 31-year career in special education, Ron has published 131 peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters and 11 books. He has also garnered more than $26 million in grant funding, and published 17 curriculum and two assessment tools that continue to help children around the world achieve maximum potential for learning.
Nelson has developed a number of literacy interventions that are used widely in the United States and worldwide. His intervention program, Stepping Stones to Literacy, is the second-highest rated program in the area of alphabetics for kindergarten children on the What Works Clearinghouse rating of intervention effectiveness. It is used by schools in all 50 states. Early Vocabulary Connections and Multiple Meaning Vocabulary Program are also used by schools across the country. ClickNRead Phonics is used by more than 2 million children in all 50 states and 100 countries worldwide, while Steam Runner Phonics and Steam Runner Early Math have been developed as Google apps to enhance availability and accessibility to children within and outside of the classroom.
Areas of Expertise:
Applied intervention studies
English language literacy development
Emotional and behavioral disorders
Positive behavioral interventions and supports
Link between language/literacy skills and emotional and behavioral disorders
Antecedent risk factors and developmental pathway for behavior and learning problems