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Shawna Harbin

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Educator Preparation and Professional Development, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
  • Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Autism

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness


Shawna Harbin, Ph.D., BCBA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Purdue University with the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Previously, she served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Washington with the (School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training) SMART Center and the College of Education. Her work prepares early childhood educators and early intervention practitioners to provide high-quality, inclusive practices to all children and families. Her teaching and research interests include early childhood development, evidence-based practices, culturally responsive family-centered approaches, assessment, and educator training and coaching. She has extensive professional experience as an early childhood teacher, early intervention practitioner, and coach.


  • PhD in Special Education, 2021, University of Washington
  • BCBA, 2013, Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • MEd in Early Childhood Special Education, 2012, University of Washington
  • BAs in Psychology and Music, 2000, University of Washington

Current Courses

  • HDFS 31801 - Developmental Assessment
  • HDFS 39000 - Advanced Practicum

Selected Publications

  • Harbin, S. G., Fettig., A. & Kelly, B. (in press). Virtual practitioner training and coaching in a triadic approach: A mixed methods investigation. Journal of Early Intervention
  • Kelly, E. M., Harbin, S. G., & Schwartz, I. S. (2023). Families’ experiences with online instruction and behavior support during COVID-19. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Advance online publication.
  • Luna, A., Zulauf, C., Harbin, S., & Fettig, A. (2022). Latinx mothers of young children with special needs: Personal narratives capturing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics in Early Childhood Education. Advance OnlinePublication. []
  • Harbin, S. G., & Fettig, A. (2022). Equipping EI practitioners in using PBS strategies to support families with addressing challenging behaviors: A mixed methods pilot study. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
  • Harbin, S. G., Davis, C. A., Sandall, S. S., & Fettig, A. (2021). The effects of physical activity on engagement in young children with autism. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-13.

Professional Affiliations

  • Division for Early Childhood
  • American Educational Research Association