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Dr. Richard M. Kubina, Jr

Dr. Richard M. Kubina, Jr
Phone: 8148632400
Office Address:
209 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Professor of Education (Special Education)


Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


Special Education


Dr. Kubina (B.A., Youngstown State University; M.A., The Ohio State University; and Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is a Professor of Special Education. After completion of his Masters program, Kubina taught special education in private schools specializing in post-acute brain trauma rehabilitation for three years. During his doctoral program, Kubina worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the Great Lakes Regional Resource Center, a federally funded information dissemination and training center serving the Great Lake states. Currently, Kubina teaches courses on methods for teaching reading, behavior analysis, and single-case design. Kubina conducts wide-ranging research in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis, Precision Teaching, and technology. Kubina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral level and serves on a number of editorial boards for behavioral and special education journals. He was the editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Curriculum Areas

Curriculum Issues

Education Types

Remedial Ed

Individual Difference

Learning Processes


Learning Assessment

Methodological Research


Special Education

Applied Behavioral Analysis

Representative Publications

Refereed Journal Articles (In Press - contact me if you would like a prepublication draft)

Kostewicz, D. E., Kubina, R. M., Selfridge, K. A., & Gallagher, D. L. (in press). A review of fixed fluency criteria in repeated reading studies. Manuscript accepted for publication in Reading Improvement.

McConnell, B. M., & Kubina, R. M. (in press). Parents using explicit reading instruction with their children at-risk for reading difficulties. Manuscript accepted for publication in Education and Treatment of Children.

Stocker, J., & Kubina, R. M. (in press). Impact of Cover, Copy, and Compare on Fluency Outcomes for  Students with Disabilities and Math Deficits: A Review of the Literature. Manuscript accepted for publication in Preventing School Failure.

Refereed Journal Articles (Online first)

Kubina, R. M., Kostewicz, D. E., Brennan, K. M., & King, S. A. (online first). A Critical Review of Line Graphs in Behavior Analytic Journals. Manuscript accepted for publication in Educational Psychology Review.

Kubina, R. M., Yurich, K. L., Durica, K. C., & Healy, N. M. (online first). Developing behavioral fluency with movement cycles using SAFMEDS. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral Education.

Refereed Journal Articles (Published)

Datchuk, S. M. & Kubina, R. M. (2015). Effects of sentence combining intervention and frequency  building to a performance criterion on adolescents with difficulty constructing sentences.  Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, 14, 160-185.

Datchuk, S. M., Kubina, R. M., & Mason, L. H. (2015). Effects of sentence instruction and frequency building to a performance criterion on elementary-aged students with behavioral concerns and EBD. Exceptionality, 23, 34-53.

Lin, F. Y., & Kubina, R. M. (2015). Imitation fluency in a student with autism spectrum disorder: An experimental case study. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 16, 2-20.

Polyak, A., Kubina, R. M., & Girirajan, S. (2015). Comorbidity of intellectual disability confounds ascertainment of autism: Implications for genetic diagnosis.American Journal of Medical Genetics (Part B) 9999, 1-9.

McConnell, B. M., & Kubina Jr, R. M. (2014). Connecting with families to improve students’ school attendance: A review of the literature. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth58, 249-256.

Wannarka, R., Ruhl, K., & Kubina, R. (2013). Using peer-mediated constant time delay to teach content-area vocabulary to middle school students with disruptive behavior. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 14, 2-29.

Datchuk, S. M., & Kubina, R. M. (2013). A review of teaching sentence-level writing skills to students with writing difficulties and learning disabilities.Remedial and Special Education34, 180-192. 

Mason, L. H., Kubina, R. M., & Hoover, T. (2013). Effects of quick writing instruction for high school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 163-175.

Mason, L. H., Kubina, R. M., Kostewicz, D. E., Mong Cramer, A., & Datchuk, S. M. (2013). Improving   Quick Writing Performance of Middle-School Struggling Learners. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 38, 236-246.

Hoover, T., Kubina, R. M., & Mason, L. H. (2012). Effects of self-regulated strategy development for POW+TREE on high school students with learning disabilities. Exceptionality, 20, 20-28.

Datchuk, S. M., & Kubina, R. M. (2011). Communicating experimental findings in single case design research: How to use celeration values and celeration multipliers to measure direction, magnitude, and change of slope. Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration, 27, 3-17.

Lin, F. Y., Kubina, R. M., & Shimamune, S. (2011). Examining Application Relationships: Differences in Mathematical Elements and Compound Performance Between American, Japanese, and Taiwanese Students. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies, 9, 19-32.

Kostewicz, D. E., & Kubina, R. M. (2011). Building Science Reading Fluency for Students with Disabilities with Repeated Readings to a Fluency Criterion.Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 17, 89-104.

Kubina, R. M., Mason, L. H., Vostal, B. R., & Taft, R. J. (2011). Self-Regulated Strategy Development Instruction: Effects of Lesson Structure on a Teacher’s Behaviors. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 17, 131-138.

Mason, L. H., Kubina, R. M. & Taft, R. (2011). Developing quick writing skills of middle school students with disabilities. Journal of Special Education, 44, 205-220.

Banda, D. R., & Kubina, R. M. (2010). Increasing Academic Compliance to Math Tasks Using the  High-Preference Strategy in a Student with Autism.Preventing School Failure, 54, 81-85.

 Brady, K. K., & Kubina, R. M. (2010). Endurance of Multiplication Fact Fluency for Students with  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Behavior Modification, 34, 79-93.

Kostewicz, D. E., & Kubina, R. M. (2010). A comparison of two reading fluency methods: Repeated reading to a fluency criterion and interval sprinting.Reading Improvement, 47, 43-63.

Kubina R. M., Kostewicz, D. E., & Datchuk, S. M. (2010). Graph and Table Use in Special Education: A Review and Analysis of the Communication of Data.Evaluation & Research in Education, 23,  105-119.

Mason, L. H., Kubina, R. M., Valasa, L. L., & Cramer, A. M. (2010). Evaluating effective writing instruction of adolescent students in an emotional and/or behavioral support setting. Journal of Behavioral Disorders, 35, 140-156.