Reesha Adamson

Reesha Adamson

Assistant Professor
Counseling, Leadership, & Special Education

Academic Interests

  • Special education
  • Emotional and behavior disorders
  • Universal supports for secondary students
  • Positive behavior interventions and supports
  • Universal screening for behavior problems

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Published book chapter in Handbook of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
  • Published article “An examination of 35 years of Behavioral Disorders: What, How, and Who has Been Published”
  • Published article “Promise and Possibility in Special Education Services for Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders: Peacock Hill Revisited”
  • Project coordinator for the State of Missouri in the first RCT for secondary students with emotional and behavioral disorders

Previous Experience

  • Project Coordinator for the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools
  • District-wide Behavior Support for Columbia Public Schools
  • Emotional and Behavior Disorder Specialist at Parkade Elementary School in Columbia, MO


Springfield, MO


  • Anything outdoors
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing

Future Goals and Aspirations

I hope to help change the outcomes that have been long documented for students with emotional and behavioral disorders by inspiring future teachers, developing high quality intervention and practices, and conducting research within applied settings.

Life Outside the University

I am married to a wonderful man named Brandon Adamson who is from Marshfield, MO. He currently works as a State Trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. We also have two dogs: Croix, a Black Labrador Retriever, and Basil, a German-Shorthaired Pointer

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