Robert G. Harrington has been a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas for the past 38 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in School Psychology. He has worked as a school psychologist in Iowa and has worked as a high school teacher in the Boston area. He has served as the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists. He has been elected three times as President of the Association for Educational and Psychological Research in Kansas. He has been elected two times as the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists. Currently, Professor Harrington is teaching in the Development and Learning Program in the EPSY Department and also has taught in the Professional Development School as a part of the teacher education program. His current teaching assignments are classroom assessment, human development, advanced topics in human development, classroom management, educational research methods, learning theory, and a course on bullying prevention and intervention. In the past he has taught a wide range of courses in the areas of behavior and personality assessment, intellectual assessment, ethics, preschool assessment and social skills development for students with ADHD or ODD among many other courses in the area of psychological assessment. He is in no way currently affiliated with the school psychology program at KU but still enjoys getting regular questions about school psychology practice and classroom assessment from public school personnel who want a knowledgeable expert in school psychology. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences in teacher education as well as school psychology on topics related to behavior management and bullying as well as psychological assessment. He has published two books on topics related to classroom management and student behavior problems and emotional development. He is currently on the editorial board of the Administrative Issues Journal among several others. His current research on bullying is being presented and published through the Irish International Conference on Education and their related journal, Informatics. Current research interests include adult bullying in academia, bullying of public school teachers, behavior management, and positive behavioral supports.
Dr. Harrington specializes in sources of stress contributing to anger and disruptive classroom behavior in school-age children, factors contributing to classroom teacher stress, best practices in early childhood school psychological services, psychological techniques with preschool children, and personality assessment.
Robert G. Harrington teaches classes in classroom management, bullying prevention and intervention, classroom assessment, learning theory, human development, overcoming mental health challenges, research methods.
EPSY 703:Constructive Classroom Discipline
EPSY 705:Human Development through the Life Span
EPSY 715:Understanding Research Methods in Education
EPSY 720:Educational Measurement in the Classroom
EPSY 798:Special Course:_____
- Bullying Prevention and Intervention
- Classroom Management
- Classroom Assessment
- Human Development Across the Lifespan
- Research Methods
Currently interested in the topic of Teachers Bullied by Their Students, and the use of Applied Behavior Analysis to Manage Temper Tantrums in Students with Autism. He is also interested in the topic of when does bullying become a crime?
- Behavior Management
- Positive Behavioral Supports
- Research Methods
Works regularly with schools, mental health centers, hospitals, international agencies, state agencies on issues related to behavior management and bullying. I have served on innumerable committees in the EPSY Department, in the School of Education, and at the University. Most of my service has been in the area of faculty rights. I have served on the Judicial Board, Faculty Rights Board, Faculty Rights, and Privileges Committee, University Council, Faculty Council and Faculty Senate. I have also served on the Student Disciplinary Committee to review cases of Student Difficulties since I feel so strongly that students need to be treated fairly too.
Selected Awards & Honors
I organized and presented the workshop at the IICE 2015, Irish International Conference on Education, 2016