Beth Custer, PhD

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Department of Pediatrics
335 George Street
Suite 3500
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-9300
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 20, 2019


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Training & Consultation Specialist, Positive Behavior Support in Schools
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Emotional and behavioral disorders


Beth Custer is a Training and Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. She promotes the use of positive behavioral supports through training and technical assistance with schools involved in the NJ Positive Behavior Supports in Schools project, which is a partnership between the New Jersey State Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and The Boggs Center.

Prior to her position at The Boggs Center, she earned a dual Bachelor of Science in elementary education and special education in 2004 from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion, she immediately began working as a full-time emotional support teacher at a residential treatment facility for students who require more intensive supports due to significant mental health needs. In 2009, she completed her Master of Education in special education from Alvernia University and also obtained a position as a district-level, special education behavior support coach for Exeter Township School District in Reading, Pennsylvania. While at Exeter, she worked with teachers, administrators, families and other staff to support students who exhibited challenging behaviors during the school day.

In 2012, she joined Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was enrolled in the doctoral program in special education until completing the requirements to earn her PhD in 2018. During this time, she pursued her passion of supporting students with emotional and behavioral disorders through the use of positive, proactive interventions. 

Following her time at Lehigh, she worked in the specialized education services department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) as a Grant Coordinator. This position required her to support activities on the Center for Technical Assistance, Instruction, Education and Support (TIES), which is a national research center through the University of Minnesota.