William J Therrien

Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Education


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

Bill Therrien, Ph.D., BCBA, received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in special education from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in special education from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his appointment at U.Va., Therrien was a special education teacher in Arizona, Alaska and Pennsylvania and a faculty member at Miami University and the University of Iowa.

Currently, 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.