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Brandis M. Ansley

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Central Michigan University

Dr. Brandi Ansley is currently an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Central Michigan University and has nearly 20 years of professional experience in education and mental healthcare. Her professional interests center on the personal well-being and professional capacity of educators and human services personnel (EHSP). Brandi earned her Ph.D. in the Education of Students with Exceptionalities from Georgia State University and has authored and co-authored numerous publications about EHSP wellness, burnout prevention, trauma management, working conditions, and interpersonal dynamics. She actively facilitates professional development sessions on these topics and others that are relevant (e.g., addressing student hostility, provoking difficult dialogue) to local and national audiences that include K-12 faculty and staff, university students and faculty, and other school- and community-based EHSPs. Among Brandi's current projects is Fostering Interperonal Skills & Resilience in Educators (FIRED-Up Teacher Candidates), which is a self-care and social-emotional competence training program for student-teachers at Central Michigan University.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor of Special Education, Central Michigan University
  • 2012–2018
    Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia State University


  • 2018 
    Georgia State University, Ph.D, Special Education


  • 2019
    Embedding staff self-care into the PBIS framework for those working in juvenile correctional and residential settings, Journal of Correctional Education
  • 2019
    School personnel and leadership collaboration model for ideal work contexts, Journal of Educational Research and Practice
  • 2019
    Cultivating positive work contexts that promote teacher job satisfaction and retention in high-need schools. , Journal of Special Education Leadership
  • 2017
    Supporting students by maintaining professional well-being in a high stress job. , LEARNing Landscapes
  • 2016
    Optimizing special educator wellness and job performance through stress management. , TEACHing Exceptional Children

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    FIRED-Up Teacher Candidates, Phase II
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Central Michigan University Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors Grant (Type B)

Professional Memberships

  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Michigan Education Association


Outstanding Dissertation in Special Education (2018; Georgia State University)