Reece Peterson, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

As a professor of special education, Reece Peterson specializes in the education of students with emotional or behavioral disorders. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to student behavior as well as special education policy. Peterson’s interests include identification of and interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, student discipline in school, school violence prevention, the use of physical restraint and seclusion procedures in schools.

Peterson currently directs a project on strategies for schools to: 1) improve student behavior and reduce exclusionary discipline, and 2) to increase graduation and reduce student dropout. He previously has directed a national project on violence prevention and improving student behavior in school, the Safe and Responsive Schools Project.

Peterson is also interested in legal and policy issues related to special education and children and families. He has published articles in these areas, co-authored books on multicultural issues in behavioral disorders, and on school use of physical restraint and seclusion. He has served as an editor and reviewer for many journals. He has served as president and as governmental relations chair for the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. Peterson is a faculty affiliate with the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.

Peterson received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota, his Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University, and bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and has also taken courses in legal studies.