Dr. Christopher Van Loan

Dr. Christopher L. Van Loan is a professor in the special education program at Appalachian State University. Dr. Van Loan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in emotional and behavioral disorders, classroom management, and positive behavioral supports.

His research interests include teacher-student relationships, cognitive behavioral interventions, social emotional learning, and educational services for youth in juvenile corrections and psychiatric schools.

Dr. Van Loan has published in professional journals and a book chapter and his findings and recommendations have been presented at state, regional, national, and international professional conferences.

Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida, he was a special education teacher for eight years.

Selected Publications

  • Poling, D. V., Van Loan, C. L., Garwood, J., Zhang, & S. Riddle, D. (2022). Enhancing teacher- student relationship quality: A narrative review of school-based interventions. Educational Research Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.edurev.2022.100459
  • Van Loan, C. L. & Garwood, J. D. (2020). Facilitating high-quality relationships for students with emotional and behavioral disorders in crisis. Intervention in School and Clinic, 55, 253-256. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053451219855740

Dr. Van Loan's Curriculum Vitae 

Title: Professor, Special Education
Department: Department of Child Development, Literacy, and Special Education

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2624

Office address
426 A
College of Education Building