William J Therrien

William J. Therrien

  • Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Education
Currently Accepting Ph.D. Students

Office Location

Bavaro Hall 206C
PO Box 400277
417 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Bill Therrien holds the Thomas G. Jewell Professorship of Education. He is the coordinator of the Research in Practice group for the STAR (Supporting Transformative Autism Research) project and is Co-PI for the Special Education Research Accelerator (SERA). He is also the co-editor of Exceptional Children, the flagship research journal of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Therrien has extensive experience designing and evaluating academic programming for students with autism and learning disabilities particularly in the areas of science and reading. In his work, Therrien employs a variety of methods including single subject, experimental, and quasi-experimental group research designs. Therrien has also conducted numerous meta-analyses in the areas of reading, science and special education. He successfully directed/co-directed over 15 federal and state grants totaling more than $21 million in funding.  


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., Arizona State University
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Curriculum Vitae