Gregory Benner

Professor ; Graduate Faculty
Benner, Gregory

Contact information

Dept: Education
Room: WCG 336
Phone: 253-692-4621



Dr. Gregory J. Benner is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Washington - Tacoma. He specializes in preventive approaches for meeting the academic and social/emotional needs of students, particularly those with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). As a technical assistance provider, he has helped to build the capacity of educators nationwide to implement and sustain response to intervention (RtI) systems. In 2002, he was awarded the Wesley Becker Award for Outstanding Research. His co-authored book entitled, "Instructional Practices for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Strategies for Reading, Writing, and Math" is part of the What Works for Special Needs Learners Series published by Guilford Press. Dr. Benner has a knack for supporting professionals to understand and meet the needs of youth who are least understood and struggling most.

Areas of Expertise

Response to Intervention

  • Multi-Level Prevention Systems
  • Screening
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Data-Based Decision Making

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (RtI for Behavior)

  • Systems for Responding to Behavior
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment and Function-Based interventions
  • Secondary and Tertiary Levels of Prevention

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

  • Academic Interventions
  • Scientifically-Based Behavioral Interventions
  • Prevention
  • Coordinated Systems of Care