policies pertaining to the education of children and youth with disabilities

Margaret J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Special Education 

For more than three decades, Dr. McLaughlin has been conducting research and policy analyses related to special education. Her work is focused at the intersection of state and federal educational reforms and fiscal policies on the impacts on special education programs for students with disabilities.  She has authored/co-authored 9 books and 32 chapters, 41 articles in peer reviewed publications and numerous reports. She has directed numerous funded research and development projects including 3 national research centers that focused on the implementation of education reform policies in special education.  She co-chaired one and served as a member of 4 other NRC committees and currently is Co-PI with Mathematica Policy Research on the current NCEE-funded National Assessment of IDEA.  Dr. McLaughlin has consulted extensively with state and over 50 local education agencies. She has also consulted internationally with the World Bank, USAID and a numer of individual countries, particularly in the Middle East.


Research and Graduate Education