Ya-yu Lo

Ya-yu Lo

Professor & SPED MAT & MEd Graduate Program Director


Dr. Ya-yu Lo is a Professor of Special Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She specializes in school-based multi-tiered interventions using applied behavior analytic approach for urban diverse learners with behavioral disorders. Since joining UNC Charlotte in 2004, she has secured over $2.5 million in external funding as PI or co-PI from institutions including the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the European Commission. Dr. Lo regularly teaches a doctoral level seminar in teaching and graduate courses in special education, including behavioral assessnent and single-case research. Her contributions to the field include leadership roles at several professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association, North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis, and North Carolina Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.


Ph.D. – The Ohio State University, 2003, Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis
M.A. – The Ohio State University, 2000, Special Education
B.A. – Soochow University (Taiwan), 1997, Social Work


Behavioral Assessment
Seminar in Professional and Leadership Development
Single-Case Research
Doctoral Seminar in Teaching in Special Education

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

multi-tiered interventions
single-case research
applied behavior analysis
culturally responsive practices


Awards and Honors

2021 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2015 Fred Keller Excellence in Behavior Analysis Award, North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis
2008 UNC Charlotte College of Education Excellence in Research Award
2008 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Division for Research (DR) Early Career Publication Award
2007 North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE) Distinguished Paper Award
2005 Faculty Research Fellow, Bank of America Faculty Research Fund for Young Investigators in Early Childhood Development and Reading