Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo

Johnathan Chitiyo
Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo
Assistant Professor of Special Education

Division of Management and Education

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-5153
Location: 149 Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D. Special Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.S.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2011
B.A. Environmental Studies, Africa University, Zimbabwe

Short Bio

Dr. Chitiyo completed his doctoral studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His teaching experience started in Zimbabwe and Malawi, where he served as a substitute high school teacher before moving to the USA to pursue graduate studies. As a graduate student, he has taught and co-taught a number of special education and general education courses.

His research interests include the implementation of school based practices (i.e., school-wide positive behavior support) special education program planning and development, and the development of special education in developing countries.

He has presented and co-presented some of his research at regional, national, and international professional conferences.

Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo describes the influence that the culture and people of Zimbabwe have to offer.

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Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, A., & Dombek, D. (2020) Preservice teachers’ understanding of problem behavior. International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction 12(2) 63-74

Chitiyo, J. & Pietrantoni, Z. (2019). The impact of child maltreatment on the educational and psychological well-being of students. Journal of School Counselling  17(18) 1-19.

Chitiyo, A. & Chitiyo, J. (2019). Autism in Zimbabwe: A brief review of trends, conditions, challenges, and intervention practices. International Journal of Educational Research 6(1) 50-59.

Chitiyo, J., May M. E., Mathende, A., & Dzenga, C. G. (2018). The relationship between school personnel's confidence level with the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model and its sustainability. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs

Chitiyo, M., Park, M., Chitiyo, G., Hur, C., Makoni, R., Dzenga, C. G. & Chitiyo, J. (2018). Antecedent factors of pre-service teachers' attitudes towards children with disabilities in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 30(2) 233-248

Chitiyo, J. & Brinda, W. (2018) Teacher preparedness in co-teaching. Support for Learning 33(1) 38-51

Chitiyo. J. & May, M. E. (2018) Factors that may hinder the implementation of the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals 13(1) 35-47

Chitiyo, J., & May, M. E. (2017) Factors predicting the sustainability of the school-wide positive behavior support model. Preventing School Failure, 1-11

Chitiyo, J. (2017) Challenges to the successful use of co-teaching practices by school personnel. International Journal of Whole Schooling 13(3) 55-66

May, M. E., Chitiyo, J. Goodin, T., Mausey, A., Swan-Gravat, C. (2017). Pre-service special education teacher perceptions and competencies in secondary transition. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-10

Chitiyo, J. (2016) Implementation of basic school-wide positive behavior intervention supports by school personnel. Journal of Man-Disability-Society 62(18)

Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, A., & Chitiyo, M. (2016). The psychosocial support model for orphaned children. Childhood Education. 92(6) 465-469

Chitiyo, J. (2014). The wraparound process for youth with severe emotional behavioral disorders. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 14(2), 105-109.

Ancel, K., Bruns, D., & Chitiyo, J. (2015). The Importance of Father Involvement in Early Childhood Programs and Early Intervention Services. Young Exceptional Children.

Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo, G., Chitiyo, J., Oyedele, V., Makoni, R., Fonnah, D., & Chipangure, L. (2014). Understanding the causes and management of problem behavior in Zimbabwean schools: teacher perceptions. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(11), 1091-1106.

Chitiyo, M., Makweche‐Chitiyo, P., Park, M., Ametepee, L. K., & Chitiyo, J. (2011). Examining the effect of positive behavior support on academic achievement of students with disabilities. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 11(3), 171-177.

Chitiyo, G., Chitiyo, M, Rumano, M.B., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. (2010). Zimbabwe education system: emerging challenges and the implications for policy and research, Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy, 3(3), 35-43

Book Chapters

Chitiyo, J. Overcoming current challenges and preparing students for the 21st century. Referenced in Chitiyo, M., Charema, J., Rumano, M. & Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, G. (2014). Educating Zimbabwe for the 21st Century: What every educator should know. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc. Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo J., & Charema, J. Special education in Zimbabwe. Referenced in Wehmeyer, M. L., & Patton, R. J., (2016). Handbook of International Special Education. Praeger


Chitiyo, J. & Brinda W. & Dombek. D. (2017) Teacher preparedness in co-teaching practices. Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA Chitiyo, J. & May, M. E. (2017).

Predictors of the sustained implementation of the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Council for Exceptional Children. Boston, MA Chitiyo, J & May, M. E. (2017).

Barriers to the use of school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Association of Positive Behavior Intervention Support. Denver, CO Chitiyo, J. & May, M. E. (2017).

School personnel's' confidence level with using the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model. Denver, CO Chitiyo, J. & May. M. E. (April, 2016).

Implementation of the school-wide positive behavior intervention support basic strategies by school personnel. Southern Illinois University Carbondale. IL Chitiyo, J., & Ancel, K., & May, M. E. (2014, March).

The systems of care model for youth with severe emotional disorders. National Alliance on Mental Illness, Edwardsville, IL Ancell, K., Chitiyo, J., & Bruns, D. (2014, October).

The importance of father involvement in early intervention. Poster session at the International Division for Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, St Louis, MO. Ancel, K., & Chitiyo, J. (2014, November).

The importance of father involvement in Early Intervention and Early childhood special education programs. Illinois Council For Exceptional Children, Naperville IL Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo, G., & May, M. E. (2012, April).

An assessment of the evidence-base for school-wide positive behavior support. Presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO. Chitiyo, M., Ametepee, L.K., Chitiyo, J. & Adera, B.A. (2010, January).

An insight into Autism in Africa. Paper presented at the 2010 Autism Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. January 22nd - 24th. Chicago, Illinois. Chitiyo, M., Rumano, M.B., Chitiyo, G., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. (2010, May).

Zimbabwe education system: emerging challenges and the implications for policy and research. Paper presented at the Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conference. May 27-29, 2010, in Nashville, TN - USA Chitiyo, M., Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M.R., Carter, S.L., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. Factors influencing the functional utility of positive behavior supports in schools. Paper presented at the CEC 2011 Convention and Expo. April 25-28 in National Harbor, Md Chitiyo. J. (January, 2010). A strategy for developing nutrition literacy among k-12 students. Science in the South workshop. Carbondale, IL