Judith R.

Profile: Judith R. Harrison

Assistant Professor

Dr. Harrison received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University In Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Special Education and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD). Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Harrison taught and counseled youth served by special education experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges in K-12 public school settings. Her current research interests include the effectiveness, acceptability, feasibility, and sustainability of classroom based services to increase academic and behavioral success.

Professional Affiliations

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
Association for Positive Behavior Support

Funded grants

Harrison, J. R. (7/1/15 – 5/1/16). Classroom Based Services for Young Adolescents with ADHD. University Research Council Grant Program. $2550.00

Harrison, J. R. (9/1/15 – 8/31/18). Increasing Opportunities and Lessening Inequality: Classroom Based Services for Young Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Spencer Small Research Grant, $49.926.00.

Harrison, J. R. (7/1/15 – 7/1/16). Evaluation of Services for IEPs of Youth with ADHD. Society for the Study of School Psychology: Early Career Research Award, $19,833.00.


Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Special Education
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas,

M.A. Counseling: Community and Special Education
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

B.S. Elementary Education
Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

Expertise & Research Interest

Special Education

Services for youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Recent & Selected Publications

State, T., Harrison, J. R., Kern, L., & Lewis, T. J. (accepted). Feasibility and acceptability of classroom-based interventions for students with emotional/behavioral challenges at the high school level. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions

Spiel, C. F., Mixon, C. S., Holdaway, A. S., Evans, S. W., Harrison, J. R., Zoromski, A. K., & Sadler, J. M. (in press). The effect of reading tests aloud on the performance of youth with and without ADHD. Remedial and Special Education

Harrison, J. R., State, T. M., Evans, S. W., & Schamberg, T. (2015 online first). Construct and predictive validity of social acceptability: Scores from high school teacher ratings on the School Intervention Rating Form. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions

Kelley, M., Harrison, J. R., Green, A., & Schaughency, E. (2014). Building relationships with stakeholders: A recommended focus for research in school mental health. School Mental Health, , 6, 112 – 124.

Harrison, J. R., Vannest, K. J., & Reynolds, C.R. (2013). Social acceptability of five screening instruments for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Behavioral Disorders, 38(3), 171-189.

Harrison, J. R., Bunford, N., Evans, & S. W., Owens, J. (2013). Educational accommodations for students with behavioral challenges: A systematic review of the literature. Review of Educational Research, 83(4), 551 - 597. doi: 10.1007/s12310-014-9121-0

Evans, S. W., Brady, C. E., Harrison, J. R., Bunford, N., Kern, L., State, T. & Andrews, C. (2013). Measuring ADHD and ODD symptoms and impairment using high school teachers’ ratings. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 42(2), 197-207. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2012.738456

Harrison, J. R., Vannest, K. J., Davis, J. L., & Reynolds, C. R. (2012). Common problem behaviors of children and adolescents in general education classrooms in the United States. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 20(1), 55-64. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2012.738456

Vannest, K. J., Harrison, J. R., Temple-Harvey, K., Ramsey, L., & Parker, R. I. (2011). Improvement rate differences of academic interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, Remedial and Special Education, (32)6, 521-534.

Harrison, J. R., Vannest, K. J., & Reynolds, C. R. (2011). Behaviors that discriminate ADHD: Primary symptoms, symptoms of comorbid conditions, or functional impairment? Journal of Attention Disorders¸ 15(2), 147-160. doi: 10.1177/1087054709356170

Vannest, K. J., Soares, D. A., Harrison, J. R., Brown, L., & Parker, R. I. (2009). Changing teacher time use. Preventing School Failure, 54(2), 86-98.

Harrison, J. R., Thompson, B., & Vannest, K. J. (2009). Reading and understanding the evidence for effective interventions to increase academic performance in students with ADHD: The relevance of the statistical significance controversy. Review of Educational Research.79, 740-775.
Reprinted (2010) Mensa Research Journal, 41(3), 59 - 77.

Soares, D. A., Vannest, K. J., & Harrison, J.R. (2009). Computer aided self-monitoring to increase academic production and reduce self-injurious behavior in a child with autism. Behavioral Interventions, 24(3), 171-183. doi: 10.1002/bin.283

Harrison, J. R. & Vannest, K. J. (2008). Educators supporting families in times of crisis: Military reserve deployments. Preventing School Failure, 52(4), 17-23. doi: 10.3200/PSFL.52.4.17-24