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Other Title: Director, Center on Disability and Development
Primary Emphasis Area: Special Education
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Short Bio
Dr. Dalun Zhang is Professor of Special Education and 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 $15 million in internal and external funding for research, teaching, and demonstration projects. He has published over 75 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.
Research Interests
Transition education and services for individuals with disabilities
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. 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)

2. 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)

3. 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.

4. 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. *

5. 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

6. 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

7. Barrett, D. E., Ju, S., Katsiyannis, A. & Zhang, D. (2015). Females in the juvenile justice system: Influences on delinquency and recidivism. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 427-433

8. Barrett, D. E., Katsiyannis, A., Zhang, D. & Kingree, J.B. (2015). Predictors of teen childbearing among delinquent and non-delinquent females. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 970-978

9. Ju, S., Kortering, L., Osmani, K., & Zhang, D. (2015). Vocational rehabilitation transition outcomes: A look at one state's evidence. Journal of Rehabilitation, 81(2) 47-58.

10. Barrett, D. B., Katsiyannis, A., Zhang, D., & Zhang, D. (2014). A structural equation modeling analysis of influences on juvenile delinquency. Behavioral Disorders, 113-127.

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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)

Person-Centered Employment Planning Training (PCEP). (PI)
Texas Workforce Commission (State)
2019/02/01 - 2019/08/31
Total Funding: 169,620.

TWC Statewide Capacity Building and Coordination with TEA and ISDs. (PI)
Texas Workforce Commission (State)
2018/09/06 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 1,820,630.

Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST). (PI)
Texas Workforce Commission (State)
2018/06/22 - 2021/08/31
Total Funding: 1,000,000.

Texas A&M University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. (PI)
DHHS-Administration for Children & Families (Federal)
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 2,733,919.
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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