Shanon Taylor, Ed.D.

Professor of Special Education
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Shanon Taylor received her Ed.D. from The University of Memphis in 2003. She was hired as a non-tenured assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno in July 2002. She moved to a tenure-track position July 2006, received promotion to associate professor in 2013 and was promoted to professor in 2023. Her major areas of research interest are policy issues related to the provision of special education services in private schools and teacher education in special education. Within the field of special education, she focuses on behavior management, emotional/behavior disorders, and autism, as well as issues related to doctoral studies in special education.

Taylor has taught 16 different courses in general special education, emotional/behavior disorders, autism, and mixed-methods research. She has published over 30 refereed and invited publications, including four chapters in Routledge’s Psychology in the Real World (2022), made over 60 professional presentations, and obtained over $5 million in external grant funding. She is currently the project director of Project SELF (Special Education Leaders of the Future), a 325D Leadership preparation grant, with co-PIs Lindsay Diamond, Ph.D. and Randall Owen, Ph.D. She served as the project director of Certified Behavior Analysts for Nevada Schools (CBANS) from 2013-2019 and was a co-investigator on Early Childhood Hybrid Online Special Educator Education (ECHOSEE) with Ann Bingham, Ph.D. and Stephen Rock, Ph.D. from 2013-2019. She was also a co-director of the Nevada Collaborative Investment in Teaching Excellence (N-CITE) with Tammy Abernathy, Ph.D., a leadership preparation grant to fund special education doctoral students in preparation for the professoriate (2015-2020). She is currently the program coordinator and graduate director for special education and has also served as program coordinator for the Integrated Elementary Teaching Program. Shanon Taylor is a past editor of The Researcher (now Educational Research: Theory & Practice), the journal of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA), and was president of NRMERA in 2015-16. She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, the Teacher Education Division (CEC), the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CEC), the Division for Research (CEC), NRMERA, and the Mixed Methods International Research Association. Her main research methodology involves the use of mixed-methods designs and online surveys, as well as qualitative research, primarily phenomenology.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ed.D., The University of Memphis
  • M.Ed., Memphis State University
  • B.A., Christian Brothers University