Research Associate Professor
Dr. Riesen is the Director of the Research and Training Division at the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice with an appointment as research associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University. Dr. Riesen has 30 years of experience working with people significant disabilities. He has worked for adult residential programs that support people with autism spectrum disorder, worked as a certified special educator serving 18-21-year-old students with disabilities, and has worked as a researcher and faculty member in institutes of higher education. He has conducted a number of single-subject research studies on embedded instruction in secondary school and systematic instruction in community-based employment programs. He has conducted research on school-to-work barriers and customized employment. He has written articles on the Fair Labor Standards Act and its application to school-to-work programs, customized employment, and alternatives to guardianship. He is the co-author of a 2016 book on transition and a 2020 book on embedded instruction and has written book chapters on book chapters on transition, employment and residential issues, and job coaching, and single subject research design.