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William R. Jenson Ph.D.

William R. Jenson Ph.D.

William R. Jenson, Ph.D. graduated from Utah State University in 1976 with a degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis/School Psychology. He completed a clinical internship at Las Vegas Mental Health Centre and later directed their Adolescent Residential Centre. He then assumed the directorship of the Children’s Behaviour Therapy Unit (CBTU) for Salt Lake Mental Health. This centre is a day hospital and school for autistic and behaviourally disordered students. Dr. Jenson cofounded with Mrs. Carmen Pingree in 1978 the Pingree Autism Centre for Learning. After directing CBTU for eight years, Dr. Jenson joined the School Psychology Program in Educational Psychology Department at the University of Utah. Dr. Jenson is currently a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and was Department Chair for 10 years. His research interests include autism, externalizing behaviour disorders, the management of noncompliance and aggression, practical classroom behaviour management, educational technology, behavioural assessment, academic interventions, and parent training. Dr. Jenson has published over 170 research articles, chapters, and books including the Tough Kid On-Task in a Box Program, Functional Behaviour Assessment of Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy and Interventions Book, Functional Behaviour Assessment of Bullying Behaviour and Interventions Book, Superheroes Social Skills Training Program, Tough Kid Book, Tough Kid Tool Box: A Resource Book, Tough Kid New Teacher Survival Kit, Tough Kid Parent Training Book: Why Me?, Tough Kid Principal’s Briefcase,  Applied Behaviour Analysis in Teaching, Understanding Childhood Behaviour Disorders, Teaching Behaviourally Disordered Students: Preferred Practices, Best Practices: Behavioural and Educational Strategies for Teachers, Homework Partners Series, and School based interventions for students with behaviour problems, and classroom computer products including Get’m on Task program. In 2015, Dr. Jenson won the University of Utah’s Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award for his research in interventions and treatments for children both nationally and international.