Justin D. Garwood, PhD, is a current university faculty member in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont and is active with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) across multiple divisions, including the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division of Learning Disabilities, Division for Research, and Teacher Education Division. Within CCBD, he serves as secretary (a nationally elected position) on the executive board. Justin routinely presents at the CEC national conference as well as at the annual conference for Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders. In his role as university professor, he teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels focused on behavior management, academic intervention, and inclusion.
An author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, Garwood’s research has received national accolades. In 2018, he was awarded the CEC Early Career Publication Award for his research focused on behavior management of youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBDs). In 2019, he received the Research Article of the Year Award from the American Council on Rural Special Education for his study of burnout among educators serving youth with disabilities. Justin has served as an expert witness before a US Commission on Civil Rights hearing regarding appropriate approaches to disciplinary practices in schools. Currently, and with support from the US Department of Education, he is studying burnout among special education teachers serving students with EBDs.