Sheldon Loman, PhD, is an associate professor the Department of Special Education. Dr. Loman received his PhD in special education from the University of Oregon, with the focus of his work on instructional practices for people with severe disabilities, educational systems change, and positive behavioral interventions and supports. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on moderate/severe disabilities from San Francisco State University.
His interest areas are inclusive education, instructional practices for individuals with significant disabilities, Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and educational systems change.
Dr. Loman taught for several years in a diverse urban school district in California and was an instructional coach for a fully-integrated service delivery model that supported students with significant disabilities in general education settings. He has extensive experience in person-centered planning; augmentative/alternative communication (AAC); and collaborating with families, support service providers, and community agencies.
As a member of the GSE, Dr. Loman is interested in pursuing a research agenda that focuses on organizing school systems and environments to incorporate evidence-based instructional practices for individuals with significant disabilities. Currently he is interested in linking initiatives, such as response to intervention (RTI) and school-wide positive behavioral interventions, and supports (SWPBIS) together as a way to improve a school’s capacity to support individuals with special needs.
Sheldon Loman, PhD
Graduate School of Education
Portland State University
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751