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Louis Danielson, Ph.D.

American Institutes for Research

Louis Danielson, Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research, is a national leader in the field of special education who has been involved in programs that improve results for students with disabilities for over three decades. He brings an unparalleled and unique depth of knowledge in both special education policy and research to his current position as a Managing Director with the American Institutes for Research.


His career spans several roles in education including secondary school science and mathematics teacher, school psychologist, and teaching at the university level. Until recently, Dr. Danielson held leadership roles in the U. S. Office for Special Education Programs and was responsible for the discretionary grants program, including technical assistance and dissemination, personnel preparation, technology, and parent training priorities, state improvement grants. He has served in numerous research and policy roles and has been involved in major school reform activities.


A frequent contributor to professional journals, Dr. Danielson has published extensively in the literature and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and events focusing on special education. Recently, because of the instrumental role he played in the development of policies and practices related to Response to Intervention, he has been in demand as a speaker at events around the country. His particular areas of interest include policy implementation and evaluation and scaling up of evidence based practices.