John M Schaefer, PhD
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 319
 Phone: 216-523-7115
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 319, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Intellectual and developmental disabilities, severe disabilities, inclusion, peer-mediated intervention, peer-support, evidence-based practice in teacher education.
Ph.D., Special Education, Ohio State University, 2016
M.S., Special Education, Southern Connecticut State University, 2012
B.A., Secondary Education, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2006
Brief Bio:
John Schaefer is an Associate Professor in Special Education who teaches courses in assessment for individuals with moderate to intensive needs and in collaboration with parents and other professionals in special education. Dr. Schaefer primarily researches inclusive education for individuals with severe disabilities, specifically focusing on support in the general education classroom through the use of evidence-based teaching methods, augmentative and alternative communication training, and peer-mediated interventions. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Schaefer worked in several different K-12 teaching positions primarily serving students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, complex communication needs, and severe challenging behavior.
Professional Affiliations:
Council for Exceptional Children
   Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities
   Division of Career Development and Transition
   Division of Research
   Teacher Education Division
TASH (formerly known as The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps)
Applied Behavior Analysis International
American Bar Association
Research Grants:
Berry, A., DeBoth, K. K., & Schaefer, J. M. (2018). PLAAY on the Move: An interprofessional utilization of technology to optimize engagement of children with special needs within the community. Undergraduate Summer Research Award. Cleveland State University, Office of Research ($4,490).

Wendland, M. T., DeBoth, K. K., Schaefer, J. M., & Culliver, B. L. (2017). Play on the Move: Providing accessible and engaging experiences for children with sensory and motor impairments in the community. The Reinberger Foundation ($10,000).

DeBoth, K. K., Slankard, C., Berry, A., Wendland, M. T., & Schaefer, J. M. (2017). Using interactive media and an augmented reality app to increase access to community spaces for children with mobility and sensory impairments. Faculty Research and Development Grant. Cleveland State University, Office of Research ($8,000).