Professor and Senior Advisor to the Dean
University of Virginia, Curry School of EducationDr. Daniel B. Berch is Professor of Special Education and Applied Developmental Science and Senior Advisor to the Dean at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. Prior to this position, he served as Associate Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, where in addition, he directed the Program in Mathematics and Science Cognition and Learning. Dr. Berch also spent a year as a Senior Research Associate at the U. S. Department of Education, advising the Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement on technical and policy matters pertaining to educational research.
Before coming to the Washington, DC area in 1997 as an SRCD/AAAS Executive Branch Science Policy Fellow, Berch spent the preponderance of his academic career at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Psychology, and also served as Research Coordinator at the University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders.
He has authored various articles and book chapters on children's numerical cognition, cognitive dysfunctions in individual with Turner syndrome, and mathematical learning disabilities, and is senior editor of the book (co-edited with Dr. Michele Mazzocco), Why is Math So Hard For Some Children?: The Nature and Origins of Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (2007), published by Paul H. Brookes. Among other honors, Berch received the NIH Award of Merit, was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association's Division of Experimental Psychology, and served as an ex officio member of the U.S. Department of Education's National Mathematics Advisory Panel.