Brief History and Purpose

In the Fall of 2005, the Neag School of Education hired Dr. George Sugai to develop a signature organization that specialized in quality research and teaching in the areas of:

  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Literacy
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education

More specifically, the intent was to establish an efficient and supportive work group that would enable highly capable new researchers to establish important and influential programs of research and highly productive and experienced veteran researchers to continue “leading edge” research that influences practice, policy, and educational science.

The purpose of CBER is to conduct and disseminate rigorous research that improves educational and social outcomes for all children and youth in schools. Areas of interest include:

  • Design of Instruction
  • Learning strategies
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Evidence-based Practices
  • Organizational and System change
  • Academic and Behavioral Assessment and Evaluation.


In the Fall of 2006, the Provost and Board of Trustees at UConn approved the establishment of CBER to engage in scholarly activities that focused on 6 goals:

  • Conduct, translate, and disseminate school-based academic and behavior research.
  • Prepare personnel for the application of evidence-based academic and behavior practices and systems in schools.
  • Prepare leaders to conduct, translate, and disseminate academic and behavior research, develop demonstrations of effective instructional and behavioral programs, and prepare future personnel.
  • Establish and evaluate demonstrations and exemplars of effective, durable, efficient, and relevant systems of evidence-based academic and behavior practices.
  • Collaborate with researchers, service providers, personnel preparers, families, community agencies, and others involved in improving school functioning and outcomes at national, state, and local levels.
  • Establish and sustain a research and education Center entity in the Neag School of Education.
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