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Special Education Program

Educational Foundations & Special Education

John Wheeler Ph.D.
John Wheeler

John  Wheeler Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator




See Dr. Wheeler's Selected Works



Ph.D. Special Education, Southern Illinois University


  • Research Methods
  • Exceptional Learners


  • Autism

  • PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports)

  • Social Validity

  • Rural Service Delivery

  • International Special Education


Selected Refereed Articles:

Wheeler, J.J., Carter, S.L., Smith, S.E. (2019). An analysis of teacher perceived barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practices. Człowiek-Niepełnosprawność- Społeczeństwo (Man-Disability-Society)43(1), 5-13.

Wheeler, J.J., & Chitiyo, M. (2015). Designing effective educational interventions for students with autism. Człowiek-Niepełnosprawność-Społeczeństwo(Man-Disability-Society) Polish journal, invited submission 1(27), 5-14.

Wheeler, J.J. & Carter, S.L. (2015). A Consultative Model for Providing Technical Assistance to   School Personnel in Service to Children with Autism, International Association of Special Education, Juried Conference Proceedings, IASE Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.   

Mayton, M. R., Carter, S. L., Zhang, J., & Wheeler, J. J. (2014). Intrusiveness   of behavioral treatments for children with autism and developmental disabilities: An initial investigation. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 49, 92-101.

Mayton, M.R., Carter, S. L., & Wheeler, J.J. (2014). Intrusiveness of Behavioral Treatments for Adults with Intellectual Disability.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 54-61.

Zhang, J., Mayton, M.R., & Wheeler, J.J. (2013).  Effectiveness of gluten-free and casein-free diets for individuals with autism spectrum disorders: An evidence-based research synthesis.  Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 276-286.

Mayton, M.R., Menendez, A., Wheeler, J.J., Carter, S.L., & Chitiyo, M. (2013).  An   analysis of social stories research using an evidence-based practice model. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13, 208-217.

Huang, A.X., Jia, M.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2013). Children with autism in the  People’s Republic of China: Diagnosis, legal issues and educational services. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 43, (9), 1991-2001.

Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M.R., Ton, J., & Reese, J.E. (2012).  Evaluating treatment integrity across interventions aimed at social emotional skill development in learners with emotional and behavioural disorders. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, DOI 10.1111/j.1471-3802.2011.01229.x, 1-6.

Selected Books:

Carter, S.L., & Wheeler, J.J. (2019). The Social Validity Manual (2nd ed.). London: Academic Press.

Wheeler, J.J. & Richey, D.D. (2019). Behavior Management: Principles and Practices of Positive Behavior Supports (4th ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson.

Lewis, R.B., Wheeler, J.J., & Carter, S.L. (2017). Teaching Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms (9th ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson.

Wheeler, J.J., & Mayton, M.R., Carter, S.L. (2015).  Methods in the Education and of Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-based Practices. Boston: Pearson/Prentice-Hall.


An Analysis of 20 Years of Social Validity within Education and Training of Autism and Developmental Disibilities, CEC DADD International Conference, January 17, 2019, Maui, Hawaii with Dr. Stacy L. Carter.

An Analysis of Teacher Perceived Barriers to Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices, CEC      DADD International Conference, January 19, 2018, Clearwater Beach, FL.

A Consultative Model for Providing Technical Assistance to School Personnel in Service to Children with Autism. Invited Showcase Session. International Association of Special   Education (IASE) Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, June 22, 2015.

Keynote Address: Designing Effective Instruction for Children with ASD. Autism Society of East Tennessee Tri-Cities Annual Education Conference, Johnson City, TN, March 15, 2014.

Breakout Session: Designing Effective Interventions for Children with ASD Across Settings.  Autism Society of East Tennessee Tri-Cities Annual Education Conference, Johnson City, TN, March 15, 2014.

Applying Evidence-Based Practices in the Education of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2013 Annual Early Childhood Conference.  ETSU Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, Johnson City, TN, July 25, 2013 with Dr. James Fox. 

Designing and Implementing Effective Social Skill Interventions for Learners with ASD:  Applying the Evidence to Practice, Lee University 11th Annual Southeastern Autism Conference, Cleveland,TN, June 21, 2013.

Issues in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education: Questions, Answers, &   Discussion Forum, 2012 Annual Early Childhood Conference, ETSU Center of   Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, Johnson City, TN, July 27, 2012.


  • Cleveland State University - Eminent Mentor Scholar, 2006-2009

  • Outstanding Presentation Award, IASE Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, June 19-24, 2015. “Designing Effective School-Based Interventions for Children with Autism in Underserved Regions.”

  • Recipient, Caplenor Research Award, Tennessee Technological University, Fall, 2002


Federal personnel preparation grant.  Training teachers for all children in South Dakota: A training program to prepare Master's level teachers of special education in the consultative model of educational service delivery.  U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, 1991-1993, Co-Principal Investigator.

Tennessee Board of Regents Research Grant.  An Evaluation of Student Support Practices Across TBR Institutions and their Perceived Impact on Student Retention and Graduation of Non-Traditional Students with Dependent Children, (2014-2015) Principal Investigator.

Tennessee Board of Regents Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Grant.  Providing Support to Students with Dependent Children to Increase Engagement, Retention, and Success, (2014-2015) Principle Investigator.

Tennessee Department of Education.  PBSI Project Tennessee Technological University, (1994-2010).  Principal Investigator.


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