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Debra McKeown

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D. in special education, Vanderbilt University
M.A. in anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A., special education, University of South Florida
B.A. in anthropology,University of South Florida


SRSD (Self-regulated strategy development)
Teacher professional development models
Special education teacher quality
Mixed methods,Single-subject design, qualitative methodology


Debra McKeown is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. McKeown’s research interests include teacher preparation/quality and effective instructional practices, especially in writing. McKeown works in single-subject, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, often using mixed methods to answer research questions. She is published in the top journals in her field and is Associate Editor for Journal of Early Intervention. Currently, McKeown is running two intervention research projects in school settings, a survey project, and a meta-analysis project. Prior to joining academia, McKeown was a teacher of special education for ten years in the Southern US, Kenya, and Thailand.


Steinbrecher, T., McKeown, D., & Walther-Thomas, C. (2013). Comparing validity and reliability in special education Title II and IDEA data. Exceptional Children, 79,3 (Spring).

Graham, S., Gillespie, A., & McKeown, D. (guest co-editors) (2013, Jan.). Introduction to the special edition. Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal,26(1).

Graham, S., Harris, K.R., & McKeown, D. (2013). The writing of students with LD and a meta-analysis of SRSD writing intervention studies: Redux. In L. Swanson, K.R. Harris, & S. Graham (Eds.), Handbook of Learning Disabilities (2nd Edition). MY: Guilford Press.

Graham, S., McKeown, D., Kiuhara, S., & Harris, K. R. (2012, Nov). A meta-analysis of writing instruction for students in the elementary grades. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104(4), 879-896. doi: 10.1037/a0029185

Geiger, W., Michelson, A. M., McKeown, D., Barton, J., Kleinhammer-Trammill, & Steinbrecher, T., (in press). Patterns of special education teacher licensure. An invited chapter for Handbook of Research on Special Education Teacher Preparation. Sindelar, P.S., McCray, E. D., Brownell, M. T., Lignugaris/Kraft, B. Eds.). New York: Routledge, Taylor, & Francis.