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David Houchins

Professor    Special Education High Incidence Professor    

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida, 1998
Master of Education, University of Florida, 1995
Bachelor of Science, Ball State University, 1986


Secondary-transition for students with mild disabilities
Juvenile justice
Literacy instruction
Evidence-informed practices


David Houchins is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Florida and was previously an assistant professor at Louisiana State University and a secondary teacher for students with mild disabilities in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Houchins’ areas of interest include juvenile justice reform, academic strategies and transition services for at-risk secondary youth with and without mild disabilities. He has been the principal investigator on more than $6 million in grant funding. He has numerous publications including those on literacy instruction, self-determination, professional development and high quality research in juvenile justice. He has served as a national expert and trainer for state, national and international entities, including Turkey and Egypt.


Houchins, D. E., Shippen, M. E., and Murphy, K. (2012). “Professional development considerations along the school to prison pipeline.” Teacher Education and Special Education. DOI: 10.1177/0888406411412396

Houchins, D. E. and Shippen, M. E. (2012). “Welcome to a special issue about the school-to-prison-pipeline: The pathway to modern institutionalization.” Teacher Education and Special Education.

Viel-Ruma, K., Houchins, D. E., Jolivette, K., Fredrick, L.D., and Gama, R. (2010). “Direct instruction in writing instruction: The effects on English speakers and English language learners with disabilities.” Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 25(2), 97-108.

Houchins, D. E., Shippen, M.E., Viel-Ruma, K., McKeand, K., Jolivette, K., and Guarino, A.J. (2010). “Juvenile justice teachers’ job satisfaction: A comparison of teachers in three states.” Education and Treatment of Children, 33,623-646.

Houchins, D. E., Jolivette, K., Shippen, M.E., and Lambert, R. (2010). “The advancement of high quality literacy research in juvenile justice: Methodological and practical considerations.” Behavioral Disorders, 36(1), 61-69.