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Teaching Exceptional Children Program

Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program

Institute for Educational Initiatives

University of Notre Dame






Dr. Frabutt directs the Teaching Exceptional Children (TEC) academic program that instructs Catholic School teachers who wish to develop skills to meet the needs of children with mild to moderate disabilities in an inclusionary classroom. The TEC program is a one year certification program in which a licensed Catholic School teacher receives an additional license from the State of Indiana as a teacher of students with exceptional needs: mild interventions. The TEC program is responsive to meeting the needs of all students in Catholic schools across the country.

Dr. Frabutt is also a faculty member in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program in the Alliance for Catholic Education, an innovative, research-based administrative degree program that forms, educates, and supports Catholic school teachers to continue their service to K-12 schools through administrative preparation. In 2006, the program received degree-granting status and now offers a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. Dr. Frabutt teaches the action research sequence in the Master's program, emphasizing classroom-, school-, and parish-based strategic inquiry designed and conducted by practicing educators and administrators.

He previously served as Deputy Director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).  Prior to that, he was the Director of the Division for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Aggression at the Center for the Study of Social Issues at UNCG.  Dr. Frabutt led an action research approach to violence reduction and community safety as the Research Partner for the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort in the Middle District of North Carolina.  His research and practice efforts have centered on the mental health needs of court-involved youth, university-community partnerships, and the impact of multiple contexts on adolescent development. 

 He has directed a local collaborative, community-university partnership featuring the involvement of schools, parents, law enforcement, mental health practitioners, the faith community, and juvenile justice professionals. Together, this partnership developed a comprehensive youth violence prevention and intervention program targeted at middle school and high school youth.  His recent community-based research efforts focued on reducing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system and developing models for reducing violence and victimization among immigrant youth. 

He has published eight books, over 45 articles and book chapters, and has made over 70 presentations at regional and national research conferences. He has been an invited speaker at annual conferences of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, North Carolina School Social Workers’ Association, and the American Correctional Association.  Dr. Frabutt is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Psychological Association (Division 27, Society for Community Research and Action), the National Council on Family Relations, and Campus-Community Partnerships for Health.  He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology (University of Notre Dame) and masters and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).