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Professor & Director, Educational Psychology
Office#: 637C Harrington Office Building
804 Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 862-6514
Other Title: Director of Faculty Development, CEHD
Directory Title: Professor & Director
Primary Emphasis Area: Special Education
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Short Bio
Dr. Dan (Dalun) Zhang is Professor of Special Education and Director of Faculty Development for the College of Education and Human Development. He is also the Director of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. His research interest is centered on assisting youth with disabilities to make a successful transition from high school to adulthood. Over the course of his career, Dr. Zhang has been able to secure over $20 million in external funding for research, teaching, and demonstration projects. He has published over 80 research papers in peer-reviewed refereed journals, several book chapters, and many reports. Dr. Zhang has delivered over 100 research and keynote presentations at international/national levels. Dr. Zhang served as Chair of the Special Education Program, Research Coordinator, and Center Director. He also served as Vice President, Vice Chair, President-elect, and President for different professional organizations, including the Division on Career Development and Transition of the CEC and the Council on Research and Evaluation of the AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities). In addition, Dr. Zhang has served on the editorial boards of several journals.
Research Interests
Transition education and services for individuals with disabilities
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Zhang, D., Grenwelge, C., & Petcu, S. (in press). Preparing individuals with disabilities for inclusive employment through the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Program. Inclusion. (In Press)

2. Zhang, D., Peng, X., Yalvac, B., Eseryel, E., *Nadeem, U., & *Islam, A. (In Press) Integrating student-made screencasts into computer-aided design education, Computer-Aided Design & Applications. (In Press)

3. Martin, J. E., & Zhang, D. (2020). Student involvement in the transition process. In M. L. Wehmeyer, & K. W. Webb (Eds.). Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities. New York: Routledge.

4. Zhang, D. Walker, J. M., Leal, D. R., Landmark, L. J., & Katsiyannis, A. (2019). A call to society for supported decision-making: Theoretical and legal reasoning. Jounral of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01381-0

5. Zhang, D., Roberts, E., Landmark, L. J., & Ju, S. (2019). Effect of self-advocacy training on students with disabilities: Adult outcomes and advocacy involvement after participation. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

6. Landmark, L. J., & Zhang, D. (2019). Self-determination at a career and technical school: Observations of IEP meetings. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s41252-019-0096-6

7. Song, J., Zhang, D., & Landmark, L (2018). Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Family Involvement in Transition Planning: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 31, 16-23.

8. Landmark, L.J., Zhang, D., Ju, S., McVey, T. C., & Ji, M.Y. (2017). Experiences of disability advocates and self-advocates in Texas. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 27, 203-211. *

9. Tassé, M. J., Schalock, R. L., Thissen, D., Balboni, G., Bersani, H., Borthwick-Duffy, S.A., Spreat, S., Widaman, K.F., Zhang, D. & Navas, P. (2016). Development and standardization of the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale: Application of item response theory to the assessment of adaptive behavior. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121, 79-94

10. Boles, M. B., Ganz, J. B., Hagan-Burke, S., Gregori, E. V., Neely, L., Mason, R. A., Zhang, D., & Willson, V. (2016). Quality review of single-case studies concerning employment skill interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Cadernos de Educac[227][227]o (UFPel), 53, 15-51

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST). (PI)
Texas Workforce Commission (State)
2018/06/22 - 2021/08/31
Total Funding: 1,000,000.
Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Leena Jo Landmark (Fall, 2009), Ph.D.
Cheryl Grenwelge (Spring, 2010), Ph.D.
Song Ju (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Jacqueline Pacha (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
Eric Roberts (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
Jaime Duran (Fall, 2013), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2013 - ). Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

Editorial Board Member (2005 - 2006). Journal of At Risk Issues

Consulting Editor (2001 - ). Career Development for Exceptional Individuals

Consulting Editor (2001 - ). Journal of Disability Policy Studies

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2009). Chair.  DCDT Membership Committee

(2003-2005). Committee member.  American Association on Mental Retardation

Professional Leadership/Service (State)

(2004-2005). President.  South Carolina Division on Career Development and Transition


(2013). Community benefactor of the Year.  Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

(2013). PATHS gave award 2013 Empowerment Award.  Excellence in Promotion of Self-Advocacy from the Texas AAIDD

(2005). Outstanding Faculty Member in Research.  Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education

(2002). Outstanding Service Award,. 

(1999). Doctoral Award. 

(1999). Outstanding Dissertation Award. 

(1990). The Second Award of Papers. 

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