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Terry Overton, Ph.D.

Terry Overton, Ph.D. 

Terry Overton, Ph.D.
Interim Dean & Professor
Department of Educational Psychology
and Leadership Studies



Dr. Terry Overton is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Texas Brownsville and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She is interested in psychological and educational assessment of children and youth with developmental, educational, and behavioral challenges. She presents regularly at state, regional, and national conferences-including APA (American Psychological Association), Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities in Honolulu, CEC (Council for Exceptional Children), ASA (Autism Society of America), Autism Forum in Puerto Rico at the FILIUS Institute of the University of Puerto Rico, and consults with school districts about how to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Dr. Overton serves as a portfolio reviewer for credentialing Nationally Certified School Psychologists for the National Association of School Psychologists and is a guest editorial reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She provides professional development training sessions for teachers, administrators, and assessment personnel in best practices for providing services to students with special needs.


Terry Overton, Ph.D.

Teaching Interest:​

Dr. Overton’s teaching interests include teaching courses about assessment of developmental disabilities, educational and psychological challenges, legal issues, and behavioral analysis. She is als​o interested in teaching applied research in these areas.

Courses TAUGHT:

EPSY 6301 Psychology in Exceptional Children
EPSY 6309 Diagnosing Academic Problems 
EPSY 6315 Psychoeducational Assessment for Diagnostician
EPSY 6322 Principles of Learning and Behavior 
EPSY 6324 Applied Behavior Analysis 
EPSY 6325 Directed Studies in Behavioral Single Subject Design 
SPED 6309 Diagnosing Academic Problems 
SPED 6330 Practicum in Diagnostic and Intervention Problems 
SPED 6331 Practicum in Diagnostic and Intervention II

area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Dr. Overton’s areas of research include the differential diagnosis of children with developmental, psychological, and educational challenges and particularly how language acquisition in a bilingual culture impacts the diagnostic process. She collaborates with other faculty and members of the professional community to conduct research in the area of implementation of special education support services in schools and communities. Her publications include articles on differential diagnosis of children referred for autism(click here) and assessment in schools and a best selling national textbook on assessment, Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach, 6th ed.

Office Hours
Spring 2015


​Tuesday:By Appointment 
Friday:By Appointment 
Office: Main 2.216
Voice: (956)882-7855
Fax: (956)882-7593


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