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College of Education

Don McMahon




Don McMahon

Assistant Professor
Special education
Pullman campus
Cleveland hall 341
pullman, WA  99164


Curriculum Vitae

ResearchGate Profile

Twitter @macddm  


Research Interests

Dr McMahon’s work is focused on Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Wearable devices, Mobile Devices, Mobile Learning, and Instructional technology.


Interview with Motherboard Magazine on Augmented Reality in Education



Cihak, D.F., Musacchio, M.M., Kim, B., McMahon, D.D., Wright, R., Gibbons, M.M. Gordon, J., & Bardo, J. (in Press).  Evaluating self-instruction using YouTube to acquire and generalize vocational skills for college students with intellectual disability. Division on Autism and Developmental Disability Online Journal

Scheef, A. R., Barrio, B. L., Poppen, M. I., McMahon, D., & Miller, D. (In Press). Exploring barriers for facilitating work experience opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in post-secondary education programs. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.

Howorth, S.K., Cihak, D.F., & McMahon, D. (2017). Effects of explicit instruction on fidelity of teacher candidates’ creation of trigger-based-video models. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools. 17(1)

Smith, C. C., Cihak, D. F., Kim, B., McMahon, D. D., & Wright, R. (2016). Examining augmented reality to improved navigation skills in postsecondary students with intellectual disability. Journal of Special Education Technology. 1-9 DOI: 10.1177/0162643416681159

McMahon, A. K., & McMahon, D., (2016). Exercise technology interventions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A systematic review. Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities Online Journal. 3 (1) p. 42-53

Cihak, D. F., Moore, E., Wright, R., McMahon, D.D., Gibbons, M.M., & Smith, C. (2016). Evaluating augmented reality to complete a chain task for elementary students with autism. Journal of Special Education Technology. 31, 2, 99-108 DOI: 10.1177/016264341665172

McMahon, D., Cihak, D. F., Wright, R.E., & Bell, S. M., (2016) Augmented reality for teaching science vocabulary to postsecondary education students with intellectual disabilities and autism.  Journal of Research on Technology in Education. 48 (1), 38-56.  DOI: 10.1080/15391523.2015.1103149

McMahon, D., Wright, R., Cihak, D.F., Moore, T.C., & Lamb, R., (2015). Podcasts on mobile devices as a read aloud testing accommodation in secondary science assessment. Journal Science Education and Technology. Published online first November 9, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-015-9591-3

McMahon, D., Cihak, D. F., & Wright, R.E. (2015). Augmented reality as a navigation tool to employment opportunities for postsecondary education students with intellectual disabilities and autism.  Journal of Research on Technology in Education. 47 (3), 157-172. DOI: 10.1.80/15391523.2015.1047698

McMahon, D., Smith, C., Cihak, D.F., Wright, R.,& Gibbons, M. (2015). Effects of digital navigation aids on adults with intellectual disabilities: Comparison of paper map, Google Maps, and augmented reality.  Journal of Special Education Technology. 30 (3), 157-165. DOI: 10.1177/0162643415618927

Cihak, D.F., McMahon, D., Smith, C.C., Wright, R., & Gibbons, M.M. (2015). Teaching individuals with intellectual disabilities to email across multiple device platforms. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 36 (3), 645-656.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.10.044

Cihak, D. F., Wright, R., Smith, C., C., McMahon, D., & Kraiss, K. (2015). Incorporating functional digital literacy skills as part of the curriculum for high school students with intellectual disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 50(2), 155–171.

McMahon, D., & Walker, Z., (2014). Universal design for learning features and tools on iPads and iPhones. Journal of Special Education Technology29 (2), 39-49

McMahon, D, Cihak, D.F, Gibbons, M., Fussell, L., and Mathison, S. (2013). Using a mobile app to teach individuals with intellectual disabilities to identify potential food allergies.  Journal of Special Education Technology.  28 (3), 21-32.

McMahon, D. & Smith, C. S. (2012). Universal design for learning: Implications and applications in UT Knoxville FUTURE Program. Think College Insight Brief, Issue No. 14. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.

Cihak, D.F, Kildare, L., Smith, C., McMahon, D.D., & Quinn-Brown, L. (2012). Using video Social Stories™ to increase task engagement for middle schools students with autism spectrum disorders. Behavior Modification, 36, 399-425.

Book Chapters

Cihak, D.F., Smith, C.C., McMahon, D., & Ramsey, J. (2014). Using video modeling in conducting research with young children. In O.N. Saracho (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education II. Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing Inc.

McMahon, D., (2015). Augmented Reality Learning Games.. In R. Lamb & D. McMahon (Eds.), Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York :  Nova Publishing Inc.

Rosenblatt, K., Walker, Z., & McMahon, D. (2015). Understanding the impact and importance of educational games for students with disabilities. In R. Lamb & D. McMahon (Eds.), Educational and Learning Games: New Research. New York :  Nova Publishing Inc.


Walker, Z,. Rosenblatt, K., McMahon, D., (2015). Teaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators. Corwin Publishers. California.

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