Douglas Cheney

Douglas Cheney, professor emeritus of special education, has been selected to receive the 2017 Outstanding CEC Leadership Award from The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the world’s leading special education membership organization.

The Outstanding CEC Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the Council’s programs and activities at the local, state/provincial and national/international levels over an extended period of time.

During his 43-year career, Cheney has established himself as a national and international leader in the area of emotional and behavioral disorders. He has served in multiple leadership roles for the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, including the roles of president and past president. His leadership in professional development spans almost two decades and includes his role in shaping the vision and development of CEC's Annual Convention and Expo where he has served as a program advisory committee member, as a member of the convention work group, and the program chairperson for CEC’s conventions in Denver 2012, San Antonio 2013 and St. Louis 2016.

Cheney has won $20 million in grants, including funding for leadership training in the area of emotional and behavioral disorders, has devoted over 20 years to serving on editorial boards for prominent journals, acted as the editor of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and has earned a reputation for training stellar doctoral students and mentoring junior faculty.

Cheney will be recognized during the CEC 2017 Convention & Expo’s Opening General Session, the largest annual gathering of members of the field of special education on April 19, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.


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