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Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo

Johnathan Chitiyo
Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo
Associate Professor of Special Education
Director of First Year Experience

Division of Management and Education

Contact Information:
Email: chitiyoj@pitt.edu
Phone: 814-362-5153
Location: 151 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.

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 doi.org/10.1111/1471-3802.12445

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

Presentations

Chitiyo, J.  (2020) HIV/AIDS and the education of orphans in Zimbabwe. GlobETS 
Online.

Chitiyo, J. (2019). The relationship between school personnel’s confidence with using 
the school-wide positive behavior intervention support model and its sustainability. Pennsylvania Association of Teacher Educators. Harrisburg, PA

Chitiyo, J & Dombek, D. (2019). Understanding pre-service teachers understanding of 
the nature of problem behavior. Pennsylvania Association of Teacher Educators. 
Harrisburg, PA.

Chitiyo, J. (2019). Looking at the school-wide positive behavior intervention support 
model from a Diffusion of Innovation perspective. American Evaluation Association.

Chitiyo, J. Pietrantoni, Z. & Mudzonga C. (2019). The impact of child-maltreatment 
on the educational performance and well-being of children with disabilities. Division of International Special Education and Services. Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Chitiyo J. (2019). Examining the attributes of the school-wide positive behavior 
intervention support model that influences its sustainability. Council on Rural Special Education. Alexandria, VA.

Chitiyo, J. (2019). Challenges faced by teachers in using co-teaching. American 
Council on Rural Special Education. Alexandria, VA.

Chitiyo, J. & Chitiyo M. (2018). Psychosocial support for orphaned children with 
disabilities. Division of International Special Education and Services, Capetown, South Africa.

Chitiyo, M., Chitiyo, G., Chitiyo, J. & Dzenga, C. G. (2018) Special Education
Professional Development Needs Assessment in Selected Southern African
Countries. American Evaluation Association. Cleveland, OH.

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. Association of Positive Behavior Intervention Support Denver, CO.

Chitiyo, G., Chitiyo J., & Chitiyo, M (2017). Research design and statistical analysis 
options for small samples. International Association of Special Education, Perth, Australia.

Odongo, G., Chitiyo, M., Itimu-Phiti, A., Muwana, F., & Chitiyo, J. (2017). Positive 
developments in special education in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. International Association of Special Education, Perth Australia.

Chitiyo, J. (2016). Implementation of the basic school-wide positive behavior 
intervention support strategies by school personnel. Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Carbondale, IL.

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

Ancel, K., & Chitiyo, J. (2014). 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). An assessment of the 
evidence-base for school-wide positive behavior support. Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.

Chitiyo, M., Ametepee, L.K., Chitiyo, J. & Adera, B.A. (2010). An insight into 
Autism in Africa. Association for Behavior Analysis International. Chicago, IL. 

Chitiyo, M., Rumano, M.B., Chitiyo, G., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. (2010). 
Zimbabwe education system: Emerging challenges and the implications for policy and research. Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conference. Nashville, TN.

Chitiyo, M., Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M.R., Carter, S.L., Ametepee, L.K., & Chitiyo, J. 
(2011). Factors influencing the functional utility of positive behavior supports in schools. National Harbor, MD.