Robert Pennington

  • Building high quality programs for students with ASD and other developmental disabilities

  • An instructional approach to challenging behavior in students with ASD/ID-

  • Building written language repertoires in learners with ASD and ID 

Biographical Sketch

Robert Pennington, Ph.D. BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and the Lake and Edward J Snyder, Jr. Distinguished Scholar in Special Education.


He has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, their families and teachers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and since has published 50 articles, book chapters, and books related to working with persons with ASD and intellectual disability.


Dr. Pennington is passionate about the dissemination of research-based practice and has provided hundreds of refereed and invited presentations to researchers, practitioners, and families. He also currently sits on multiple journal editorial and advisory boards.  


Presentation Topics

Dr. Pennington typically speaks on the following topics. His presentations involve a mix of logic with evidence, video examples, and engaging activities.


  • Behavior analytic communication instruction

  • Expanding students’ repertoires in written expression

  • Supporting teachers in improving educational programming for students with severe disabilities.

Dr. Robert Pennington