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Personal profile

Research interests

Joseph Gagnon, Ph.D. is a Professor of Special Education in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki and former Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Gagnon’s research focuses on ensuring youth at the greatest risk for educational, behavioral, and social failure are provided the supports necessary for long-term success in school and society. In particular, he addresses the needs of youth with emotional disturbance and learning disabilities who are incarcerated or in day treatment/residential education and treatment settings. Topical areas of his research include: (a) school-level policies (e.g., curriculum, assessment, and accountability); (b) mathematics and reading instruction; and (c) mental health and behavioral supports. To date, Dr. Gagnon has received over 2.5 million USA dollars in funding to support his research.

Dr. Gagnon also provides service to the field and works as an advocate for marginalized youth. He has served as Court Monitor and/or Special Education expert on 14 lawsuits, including seven for the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights. He has also presented and conducted training sessions across the U.S. and in 11 countries including Thailand, Egypt, China, Venezuela, South Africa, and Azerbaijan.

External positions

Member, Expert Panel, The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth who are Neglected or At-Risk

2017 → …

Advisory Board, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings

2011 → …

Resource Fellow, National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice

2002 → …

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • behavioral disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • juvenile justice
  • mathematics
  • Reading
  • behavioral interventions
  • curriculum research
  • assessment and accountability
  • psychiatric facilities
  • violence prevention

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2000 2019

Open Access

Community re-integration for young offenders in the United States

Unruh, D. K., Gagnon, J. C. & MaGee, C., 2018, Incarcerated youth transitioning back to the community : International perspectives . O'Neill, S. C. (ed.). Singapore: Springer, p. 205-219 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific


Gagnon, J. C. & Barber, B. R., 2018, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation . Fey, B. B. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, Vol. Volume 2. p. 668 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Open Access


Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prizes and awards

J. William Fulbright Scholarship

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Scholarship of Engagement Award

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2001 2019

Juvenile Justice Behavior Consultant

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Publishing in American academic journals

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Speaker)
5 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Policies and practices supporting positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) implementation in Florida Title 1 middle schools

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Speaker), Brian R. Barber (Speaker)
19 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Delivering evidence-based mental health interventions as part of a facility-wide PBIS framework

Skip Kumm (Speaker), Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Speaker), Sarup Mathur (Speaker)
20 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Child and Youth Care Forum (Journal)

Joseph Calvin Gagnon (Member of editorial board)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal