Shanon Taylor, Ed.D.

Shanon Taylor, Ed.D.

Associate 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, and received promotion to associate professor effective July 1, 2013. Her major areas of research interest are 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, behavior disorders, and autism, as well as issues related to doctoral studies in special education.

Dr. Taylor has taught 11 different courses in general special education, behavior disorders, and autism. She has published over 20 refereed and invited publications (one republished in a book), made over 40 professional presentations, and obtained approximately $3.8 million in external grant funding. She is currently the project director of Certified Behavior Analysts for Nevada Schools (CBANS) and is a co-investigator on Early Childhood Hybrid Online Special Educator Education (ECHOSEE) with Dr. Ann Bingham and Dr. Stephen Rock. She is also a co-director of the Nevada Collaborative Investment in Teaching Excellence (N-CITE) with Dr. Tammy Abernathy, a leadership preparation grant to fund special education doctoral students in preparation for the professoriate. She has served as the program coordinator for special education since 2013 and the graduate director for the program since 2016. Dr. Taylor is a past editor of The Researcher, the journal of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA), and was president of NRMERA in 2015-16. Her main research methodology involves the use of mixed-methods designs and online surveys.

Curriculum Vitae


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