Brenda L. Barrio

Associate Professor

Brenda L. Barrio

Educational Psychology

Ph.D., 2013, University of North Texas
Matthews Hall 316

Brenda Barrio is an Associate Professor of Special Education - Critical Perspectives at the University of North Texas. Her research focuses on the areas of disproportionality of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education, culturally responsive teaching, bilingual and multicultural special education, and pre-/in-service teacher preparation. Barrio has more than 15 years of teaching experience including, graduate and undergraduate special education courses and K-5th bilingual and inclusive education in Texas. She is also the co-founder of the WSU ROAR post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and is the current chair of the Diversity Committee of the Council for Learning Disabilities. 

Research and Specialties

Scholarship grounded in critical perspectives to address equity issues in special education, bridging research to practice, and enhance the lives of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families.

Collaborations include: Cultural Studies, Bilingual and Literacy Education, and Educational Psychology

Recent Publications


  • Barrio, B.L., Kelley, J.E., Cardon, T.A. (2019). Pre-Service educators understanding and perceptions of ASD before and after reading ASD narrative fiction. Northwest Journal of Teacher Education
  • Agrawal, J., Barrio, B.L., Kressler, B., Hsiao, Y-J., & Shankland, R., (2019). Learning disabilities: A global perspective. Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 17(1), 95-114. 
  • Barrio, B.L., Carbonneau, K.J., Poppen, M., Miller, D., Dunn, M., & Hsiao, Y-J. (Accepted). Theory to practice: Implementation achievements and challenges of Response to Intervention in a rural district. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals
  • Hovey, K. A., Peterson-Ahmad, M. B., Barrio, B. L., Lim, O., & Peak, P. K. (2019). Supporting English language learners with learning disabilities: A case study. LD Forum 
  • Carbonneau, K.J., Barrio, B.L., Marley, S. (2018). Manipulative-based imagery strategies: Connecting action to text. Academic Quarterly Exchange
  • Owiny, R.L., Hollingshead, A., & Barrio, B.L. (2018). Engaging pre-service teachers in Universal Design for Learning lesson planning. Inclusion, 6(3). 
  • Scheef, A.R. δ, Barrio, B.L., Poppen, M., McMahon, D., & Miller, D. (2018). Exploring barriers for facilitating work experience opportunities for students with Intellectual Disabilities enrolled in post- secondary education programs. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.
  • Kelley, J.E., Barrio, B.L., Cardon, T.A., Brando-Subis, C. δ, Lee, S. δ, & Overhauser, K.M. δ (2018). DSM-5 autism spectrum disorder symptomology in award winning narrative fiction. Education and Training in Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 53(2), 115-127.
  • Barrio, B.L., Hsiao, Y-J., Prishker, N.δ & Terry, C.δ (2018). The impact of culture on parental perceptions about autism spectrum disorders: Striving for culturally competent practices. Multicultural Learning and Teaching.
  • Barrio, B.L., Miller, D., Tamakloe, D. & Ojeme, C.O.δ (2018). Teachers' and parents' knowledge about disabilities and inclusion in Nigeria. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 21(2). doi: 10.9782/17-00010

Book Chapters

  • Hollingshead, A., & Barrio, B. L. (2019). Working with paraprofessionals to support students with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Evidence-Based Practices and Instructional Information for Students with Intellectual Disability & Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Morales, M. I. δ, & Barrio, B. L. (2017). Learning to understand Mexico from a nondeficit lens. In Egbert, J. & Ernst-Slavit, G. (Eds.) Views from inside: Languages, cultures, and schooling for K-12 educators. Information Age Publishing.
  • Barrio, B.L. Peak, P., & Murawski, W. W. (2017). English language learners in Special Education: Best Practices. In W.W. Murawski (Ed.). What Really Works in Special Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.