About Us

Clinical Specialist

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Dr. Imad Zaheer is the director for the Clinic for Evidence-based Practices in Schools (CEPS), as part of the Secondary and Special Education department. He earned his PhD in Pediatric School Psychology from Lehigh University, followed by completion of his pre-doctoral internship at Centennial School at Lehigh University and post-doctoral fellowship at Devereux’s Center for Effective Schools.

Dr. Zaheer has worked on numerous projects in clinics, hospitals, and public and alternative school settings that involve direct and indirect (consultation) services across individual, group (classrooms) and systems level. His primary research and clinical focus are on developing assessments (with a focus treatment utility) and interventions for children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), integrating school mental health (SMH) and school-wide positive behavioral supports (SW-PBS), and creating comprehensive school-based prevention programs.

Faculty Liaison

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Talida State

Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning

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Dr. Talida State is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education, College of Education and Human Sciences (COEHS), at Montclair State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She serves as Faculty Liaison for the Clinic for Evidence-Based Practices in School.

Her scholarly interests are focused primarily on improving the social, emotional and educational outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. State is a member of premier professional organizations such as Council for Exceptional Children and Association for Positive Behavior Supports. Also, she serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and Journal of Behavioral Education.

 Montclair State University Students

Students from Montclair State University also participate in CEPS clinical activity as part of their class practicum experiences. These students are enrolled in undergraduate and master’s level courses and are supervised by credentialed professionals as part of their learning experience.

Secondary and Special Education Department

CEPS is part of “The Secondary and Special Education Department” in the College of Education and Human Services. The Secondary and Special Education Department is committed to preparing educational professionals who can improve the lives of students through excellent teaching. Graduates teach in content areas such as History, English, Science, Math, and foreign languages in secondary schools as well as specialty areas (Art, Music, Physical Education) in P-12 settings. In addition, we prepare special educators to teach across the lifespan, as well as prepare teachers to lead efforts to impact the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

The department is home to faculty members who teach courses and conduct research in special education, teacher leadership and curriculum development. Our teacher education students build their academic skills and knowledge base for the benefit of their future students as well as themselves.

View the Secondary and Special Education Department for more information about the program.