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Jennifer D. Walker

Associate Professor of Special Education | College of Education

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Walker specializes in special education, specifically as it relates to behavior and classroom management.



Jennifer D. Walker, associate professor and program director of special education in the College of Education, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in special education. Her research interests include positive behavioral intervention supports (PBIS), students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, social skill instruction, teacher education, and exclusionary discipline. She has presented nationally and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Teacher Educator Division of CEC, and the Council for Learning Disabilities. Dr. Walker has published a textbook, several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on PBIS, student engagement and tiered interventions.

Areas of Expertise

Special EducationClassroom and Behavior ManagementEmotional/Behavioral DisabilitiesPositive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS)Exclusionary DisciplineManifestation Determination ReviewsExecutive FunctioningSocial Skill Instruction


George Mason University

Ph.D., Special Education

George Mason University

M.Ed., Special Education

University of Mary Washington

B.S., Psychology


  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Council for Learning Disabilities

Media Appearances

Randolph: Special educators don’t have to burn out of teaching

Communique  online


Randolph’s co-authors include Jennifer D. Walker, assistant professor in the College of Education at University of Mary Washington and Kimberly M. Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Teacher Self-Advocacy for the Shared Responsibility of Classroom and Behavior Management

TEACHING Exceptional Children

Jennifer D. Walker, Kimberly M. Johnson, Kathleen M. Randolph


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Assessing and Supporting Social-Skill Needs for Students With High-Incidence Disabilities

TEACHING Exceptional Children

Jennifer D. Walker, Colleen Barry


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Book Chapter

What Really Works With Exceptional Learners

Jennifer D. Walker


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Manifestation Determination Decisions and Students With Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Jennifer D. Walker, Frederick J. Brigham


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Navigating the Manifestation Determination Process: A Teacher's Perspective

Beyond Behavior

Jennifer D. Walker, Brittany L. Hott


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