Dr. Reesha M. Adamson


Counseling Leadership and Special Ed
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Counseling Leadership and Special Ed
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Reesha Adamson is assistant professor in the department of counseling, leadership and special education. Her research focuses on behavioral interventions and special education.

She has worked for public schools in Kirksville and Columbia, Missouri. She was one of the lead developers of the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools Classroom-Based Interventions Manual.



  • Ph.D. in Special Education, Behavioral Disorders, 2013, University of Missouri 
  • M.A.E., Special Education, Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical, Elementary Education, 2007, Truman State University
  • B.A. in Psychology, 2005, Truman State University


  • SPE 519/619 Methods I: Cognitive and Behavioral Teaching Approaches for Exceptional Learners
  • SPE 520 Practicum-Teaching Individuals with Learning and Behavioral Disorders
  • SPE 784 Advanced Procedures in Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • SPE 789 Practicum-The Exceptional Child
  • SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues and Diversity in Special Education
  • SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education

Professional experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education, Missouri State University, August 2013 to present
  • District Behavior Support Specialist for Elementary Schools-Columbia Public Schools, August 2012 to August 2016
  • Missouri Site Project Coordinator, Center for Adolescent Research in Schools, Institute for Educational Science, U.S. Department of Education (R324C08006), August 2010 to August 2012 (End of Funding)
  • Missouri Site Data Coordinator, Center for Adolescent Research in Schools, Institute for Educational Science, U.S. Department of Education (R324C08006), August 2009 to August 2010
  • Self-Contained Special Education Teacher for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances, Parkade Elementary School, August 2006 to May 2009
  • Academic Instructor, Boone County Juvenile Justice Center, May 2007 to August 2007

Research and professional interests

Other interests

  • Continuum of Interventions of Supports
  • Academic and Behavior Supports for Students with EBD
  • Translating Research to Practice within Applied Settings

Awards and honors

  • College of Education Conference Travel Award, Missouri State University
  • Selection to the 2014 4th Annual Summer Research Training Institute in Single-case Research Design and Analysis. Sponsored by the National Center for Special Education Research/Institute of Educational Sciences. Grant funding for weeklong travel, materials and training.
  • Selection to the What Works Clearinghouse Certified Reviewer Training in Madison, WI.
  • Selected to be featured in the Missouri State University Publication Mind’s Eye.
  • Article published and featured in “The Standard” about public affairs week for “Who Cares About Kelsey?” Community Screening.
  • Master Online Course Recognition Award Nomination for SPE 519 (Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, MSU).
  • Master Online Course Recognition Award Nomination for SPE 784 (Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, MSU).
  • Leadership in Behavior Disorders National Fellowship Recipient, University of Missouri
  • Mary James Scholarship in Education, University of Missouri
  • Phi Delta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, University of Missouri
  • Mary A. Gautt Award, University of Missouri
  • Special Education Leadership Fellowship, Truman State University
  • Hardin-Pettit Scholarship, University of Missouri
  • Community and Youth Action Network Fellowship Recipient, Council of Exceptional Children, Washington D.C.
  • Expert Reviewer for Classroom Check-up (CCU) Consultation Model and Motivational Interviewing

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Education and literacy