John Maag

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John Maag Larry and Sharon Roos Professor in Special Education

Ph.D., Special Education, Arizona State University, 1988
M.A., Special Education, Arizona State University, 1983
B.A., Special Education, Area of Emotional Disturbance, Arizona State University, 1981

John Maag is the Larry and Sharon Roos Professor in Special Education specializing in the education and treatment of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. He teaches courses in behavior management, cognitive therapy, and the use of strategic interventions. John also teaches general education pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities. 

A certified professional counselor and licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Nebraska, his research interests include functional assessment, treatment of depression, and teaching self-management skills. John has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters—as well as authoring four books—one of which, Parenting Without Punishment, won a Parents' Choice Award.

Areas of Expertise:

    Cognitive-behavior modification
    Managing resistance
    Behavioral disorders
    Emotional disturbance
    Counseling psychology

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2018, May Graduate Commencement Speaker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015 & 2008, Mortar Board Professor of the Month, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2014, Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2012, 2010, 2007, 2006, 1998, 1997, 1994 & 1993, Recognition Award for Contributions to Students, Teaching Council and Parents Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1996, Parents' Choice Award for Parenting without Punishment, Parenting Choice Foundation1994, Employee Service Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1993, Teachers College Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1988, Commencement Speaker, Arizona State University1988, Outstanding College of Education Graduate Student Award, Alumni Association, Arizona State University1988, Faculty Appreciation Award, Disabled Student Resources, Arizona State University1986, Doctoral Fellowship Award, U.S. Department of Education, Arizona State University
2021-present, Larry and Sharon Roos Professor in Special Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2000-present, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1999, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs1994-2000, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1993-98, Dependent Allied Health Professional, Department of Mental Health Services, Lincoln General Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska1992-98, Psychotherapist, Child, Adolescent, Family & Adult Psychiatric Services, Lincoln, Nebraska1989-94, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1988-89, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland1986-88, Faculty Associate, Arizona State University1987, Research Associate, Arizona State University1985-86, Clinical Supervisor, Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona1984-86, Counselor, Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona1982-84, Education Specialist, Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona1982-83, Special Education Teacher, Devereux Center, Scottsdale, Arizona1981-83, Research Assistant, Arizona State University
American Counseling AssociationCouncil for Exceptional ChildrenCouncil for Learning Disabilities