Frank J. Symons

Educational Psychology

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
Research Title
Translating the Neuroscience of Pain to Transform the Treatment of Self-Injury

Section A, Location 14

Frank Symons’ ground-breaking work is transforming the field of special education by challenging the conventional wisdom about pain, sensory processing, and self-injury. The goal of his research is to bridge the gap between what neuroscience tells us about pain and what special education can do about self-injury. The significance of his approach is in identifying biomarker risk factors to improve the possibility of preventing the development of this devastating behavior disorder.