Michael (Mike) Ruef

Micheal Ruef


rank Professor
email mruef@calpoly.edu
office location 02-106



  • Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Kansas, 1997
  • M.A. in Education (Special Education), San Diego State University, 1992
  • B.A. in English, University of San Francisco, 1966


Research Interests

  • Family Empowerment Families and Disability Autism



  • Ente, A., Buckley, T. & Ruef, M. B. (in press) "Improving A Family’s Overall Quality of Life Through Parent Training in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)"Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
  • Harris, K. C. Brannies, J., Dale, A, Fletcher, A, Pinotti,S., Ziemba,R. & Ruef, M. B. (2011).The Role of Collaboration in Developing the Cultural Sensitivity of Pre Service Special Education Candidates (pp. 174-198) in Mccray, McHatton, & Beverly (Eds)Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions for Culturally Competent and Interculturally Sensitive Leaders in Education Teaching or other professional experience in P-12 schools. Teacher Education Division/Council for Exceptional Children: Arlington, VA.
  • Ruef, M. B., Nefdt, N., Openden, D., Elmensdorp, S., Harris, K. C., & Robinson, S. (2009). Learn by doing: A collaborative model for training teacher-candidate students in autism. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44(3), pp. 343-355.
  • Ruef, M. (2008). Qualitative Forschungsmethoden bei Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung am Beispeil der Fokusgruppe. (English title) The use of focus groups in conducting research with persons with disabilities. In H. Adam & A. Biermann (Eds.), Handbuch der Pädagogik und Psychologie bei Behinderungen-Förderschwerpunkt geistige Entwicklung, Band 4 (pp. 650-664), Gőttingen, Germany: Hogrefe Publishing Co.
  • Sugai, G. Horner, R. H., Dunlap, G. Heineman, M., Lewis, T. J., Nelson, C. M., Scott, T., Liaupsin, C., , W., Turnbull, A. P., Turnbull, H..R., Wickham, D., Wilcox, B., & Ruef, M. (2004). Applying positive behavior support and functional behavior assessment in schools. In L. Bambara, G. Dunlap, & E. Schwartze (Eds.). Positive Behavior Support: Critical Articles on Improving Practice for Individuals with Severe Disabilities. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.
  • Ruef, M. B. (2003). Including students with disabilities: Let’s move forward together. Critical Themes in Teacher Education, 25(1), pp. 1-3.
  • Ruef, M. B. & Turnbull, A. P. (2002). The perspectives of individuals with cognitive disabilities and/or autism on their lives and their problem behavior. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 27(2), pp. 125-140.
  • Ruef, M. (lead article, 2001). Wie Personen mit Autismus und geistiger Behinderung das eigene Problemverhalten sehen – eine qualitative Unersuchung unter Einbeziehung von Fokusgruppen. Heilpädagoigische Forschung, 27(4), pp. 158-169.
  • Ruef, M. B., & Turnbull, A. P. (2001). Stakeholder opinions on accessible informational products helpful in building positive, practical solutions to behavioral challenges of individuals with mental retardation and/or autism. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 36(4), pp.441-456.
  • Sugai, G., Horner, R. H., Dunlap, G., Hieneman, M., Lewis, T. J., Nelson, C. M., Scott, T. J., Liaupsin, C., Sailor, W., Turnbull, A. P., Turnbull, H. R., Wickham, D., Wilcox, B. & Ruef, M. (2000). Applying positive behavior support and functional behavioral assessment in schools. Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, 2, 1131-143.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 439
  • EDUC 440
  • EDUC 441
  • EDUC 451
  • EDUC 449
  • EDUC 551
  • EDUC 552
  • EDUC 537
  • EDUC 539
  • EDUC 543
  • EDUC 553
  • EDUC 554
  • EDUC 586
  • EDUC 587
  • EDUC 589
  • EDUC 590


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