NCATE - The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preperation Special Education Teacher with students Mckee Hall at the University of Northern Colorado

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Ph.D.

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Ph.D.Professor of Special Education

School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

Office: 970-351-1664

Research Interests:

Family-School Partnerships, Conflict Prevention and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Special Education Law, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Transition-focused Behavior Planning, Students with Autism, and Teacher Education/Quality.


Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D Certification # 1-13-13498)
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor (Instructor #627453)
Colorado Trained Mediator


  • Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara 2004 Special Education
  • M.A. University of California at Santa Barbara 2003 Special Education
  • M.A. Chapman University 1999 Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.S. Syracuse University 1998 Inclusive Education

Selected Publications:

  • Mueller, T.G. (In Press). Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behavior for Individuals with Disabilities, Gannett. Available from
  • Mueller, T.G., & Buckely, P. C. (2014). The odd man out: How fathers navigate the
    special education system. Remedial and Special Education, 35(1), 40-49.
    DOI: 10.1177/0741932513513176
  • Mueller, T.G., & Piantoni, S. (Dec, 2013). Actions speak louder than words: How do special education administrators prevent and resolve conflict with families? The Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2(2), 1-15.
  • Mueller, T.G., & Brewer, R.D. (2013). Rethinking professional development in rural
    communities for students with autism spectrum disorder. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 32(3), 11-19.
  • Mueller, T.G., Bassett, D. S., & Brewer, R.D. (2012). Planning for the Future: A Model for Using the Principles of Transition to Guide the Development of Behavior Intervention Plans. Intervention in School and Clinic. 48 (1), 38–46.
  • Mueller, T.G., & Carranza, F. D. (2011). An Examination of Special Education Due Process Hearings. The Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 22 (3), 133-141.
    DOI: 10.1177/1044207310392762
  • Mueller, T.G., Milian, M., & Lopez, M.L. (2009). Latina Mothers' Views of a Parent-to-Parent Support Group in the Special Education System. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 34(3–4), 1–10.
  • Mueller, T.G. (2009). IEP Facilitation: A Promising Approach to Resolving Conflicts Between Parents of Children with Disabilities and School Districts. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41 (3), 60-67.

Selected Presentations:

  • Mueller, T.G (2013). Practice Makes Perfect: Pre-Service Preparation for IEP Meeting Success. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division Conference. November 6-9, 2013.
  • Mueller, T.G., & Pierce, C.D. (2013). To Lead or Not to Lead: Strategies for Preparing Effective Educational Leaders. Interactive Paper presented at Teacher Education Division Conference. November 6-9, 2013.
  • Mueller, T.G (2013). Building Bridges and Closing Gaps: Partnering with Parents for Behavioral Success. A Poster presented at the annual Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference. September 24-26, 2013.
  • Mueller, T.G., & Gershwin, S. (2013). What’s in Your Toolbox? Teaching Students to Regulate their Own Behaviors. A poser presented at the annual Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference. September 24-26, 2013.
  • Mueller, T.G. (2012) Working Through Conflict: A Qualitative Inquiry of Facilitated IEP Meetings. Poster session presented at the annual Council for Exceptional Children Conference. April 11-14, 2012.

Selected Projects:

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