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Songtian Zeng

Title: Grad Prog Dir/Asst Professor

Phone: 617.287.6409


Department: Curriculum & Instruction


PhD, University of Washington

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Songtian (Tim) Zeng received his PhD in special education from the University of Washington in Seattle and he is a board certified behavior analysis (BCBA). His research focuses on early intervention and assessment for students with autism and other neurological disabilities. He takes a “Whole Child” approach that integrated both evidence-based practices from education and mental health disciplines. To support “Whole Child” education, Zeng's research agenda focuses on evidence-based practices, teacher and parent training, and program quality improvement. These three lines of research are based on his belief that evidence-based practices (EBPs) may impact student outcomes if they are implemented with fidelity by well-prepared educators in high-quality inclusive settings. He supported program evaluation and quantitative data analysis in a number of federal and stated funded research projects at the University of Washington Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development, the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Strong Schools.