Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools


The Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools (CIBRS) engages with the application of scientific methods to understand and prevent student failure and dysfunction. The Center involves collaborations among a wide-range of interested parties across the university to focus specifically on prevention efforts as they relate to education – broadly defined as public schooling from pre-school through post-secondary education.  The center provides an impetus and structure for enhancing nationally recognizable research and scholarship in areas that represent pressing social concerns – with a focus on educational experiences from pedagogical, psychological, and social work perspectives.

More center information such as videos, research, resources, faculty and staff contacts may be found on the CIBRS web site.


Dr. Terry Scott is the Director of CIBRS. He is a Professor and a Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Special Education. Dr. Scott’s research interests include school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.