Dr. Christina Ager
Professor and Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
Christina Ager, Ph.D., is a Professor and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Special Education and Director of BBEST at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, where she has taught for the past 15 years. She is also the Executive Director of the BBEST Program of Arcadia. The BBEST program provides classroom based programming for students in the School District of Philadelphia who require emotional support services as well as doing extensive consulting and training nationally centering on improving services for students with emotional and behavioral challenges. She has been in the field of special education since 1978, and has worked with people with special needs from infancy into adulthood.
Dr. Ager began her career as an assistant in a public school “mixed category” classroom, leaving public school to work at Lehigh University’s Centennial School with students with severe behavioral challenges. After eight years at Centennial, she took a job as a research scientist on a federal grant from the Office of Special Education to reintegrate students with challenging behaviors into regular schools. During this time she completed her doctorate at Lehigh University in Special Education. She has chaired the Task Force on Youth Violence for the School District of Philadelphia and been on a number of advisory boards for Positive Behavior Support. She has published articles on self-management, choice making, behavior and ethics, and developing programs to support positive behaviors. Dr. Ager has conducted over 300 trainings in the last 10 years in the area of positive behavior support.