Frank Kohler, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita and Instructor
(319) 273-7484
Areas of Expertise: 
  • Special education teachers' roles and responsibilities within schools
  • Interventions for young children with autism and related disabilities
  • School-wide and proactive approaches to improve student outcomes (positive behavior support and response to intervention)
  • Fostering teachers' adoption and acclimation of evidence-based practices
  • Single subject research designs
  • Descriptive research methodologies (interview or survey research)
Research Interests: 
  • School-wide positive behavior support
  • Peer-mediated intervention for improving children's social interactions with peers
  • Pre and inservice use of evidence-based practices
  • The collaboration practices of special education teachers
  • Parents' satisfaction with special education services provided for children with disabilities
Selected Publications: 
  • Kohler, F.W., Ezell, H.K., & Paluselli, M. (1999). Promoting changes in teachers' conduct of student pair activities: An examination of reciprocal peer coaching. Journal of Special Education, 33, 154-165.
  • Kohler, F.W., Anthony, L.J., Steighner, S.A., & Hoyson, M. (2001). Teaching social interaction skills in the integrated preschool: An examination of naturalistic tactics. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 21, 93-103.
  • Kohler, F.W., Henning, J., & Usma-Wilches, J. (2008). Preparing preservice teachers to make instructional decisions: An examination of the Teacher Work Sample. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24, 2108-2117.
  • BA Psychology & Speech, St. Cloud University
  • MA Developmental & Child Psychology, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D. Developmental & Child Psychology, University of Kansas