David R. Parker, Ph.D.

David R. Parker, Ph.D.

David R. Parker, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (2004).
  • M.S. in Counseling, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1992).
  • B.S. in Special Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1983).

Professional Experience

  • 2010 to Present:  Executive Editor, Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
  • 2008 to Present:  Postsecondary Disability Specialist/ADD & Life Coach at CRG.  Provide strategy instruction (how to study and take tests), self-advocacy training, and college search assistance to high school and college students with learning issues (and their families).  Provide coaching services (help people clarify and achieve academic or life goals) to high school and college students with ADHD and other adults with a desire to become more successful in accomplishing their goals in life.  Also conduct workshops and coordinate CRG’s marketing and educational outreach services.
  • 2008-2010: Research Associate, College of Education, Wayne State University, Detriot, MI.  Collaborated with Dr. Sharon Field, Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky, and Dr. Alan Hoffman to design and conduct the first national study of ADD college coaching.  Specific responsibilities included co-designing the pilot and national field test studies, coordinating the project’s pilot study, recruiting campus partners, managing research implementation on 10 campuses across the U.S., conducting and analyzing qualitative interviews, co-presenting initial findings at national conferences, and co-authoring reports and journal articles to report the findings.
  • 2007 to 2009: Learning Specialist, Disability Resources/Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Project Coordinator for a National Science Foundation grant designed to enhance access to science, technology, engineering, and math courses for students with disabilities; provide and evaluate new services (strategy instruction, ADD coaching) to undergraduate and graduate students with LD and/or ADHD; develop and implement new summer orientation program for incoming students with LD and/or ADHD; conduct professional development workshops for faculty and staff; present workshops on strategic skill enhancement for students with and without disabilities; review disability documentation to determine reasonable accommodations.
  • 2004 to 2007: Director, University Program for College Students with Learning Disabilities; Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Determined eligibility and accommodations for University students with documented LD/ADHD; hired, trained and supervised staff of graduate students providing direct services; taught undergraduate Special Education course; served on university committees and doctoral dissertation committees; co-conducted recent study with UPLD doctoral student “Factors that Influence University Students’ Use of Learning Technologies.”
  • 2002 to 2007: Instructor and Faculty Member, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Taught six courses: Exceptionality, Positive Behavioral Supports and Intervention for Students with Disabilities, Student as Learner, Student as Professional, Analysis of Teaching, Instruction for Students with Special Needs in Mainstream. Nominated for Graduate Instructor teaching award.
  • 2002 to 2004: Professional Development Center Coordinator, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Coordinated school placements of undergraduates and graduate student interns; supervised student teachers; provided technical support to classroom teachers/principals.
  • 2002 to 2003: Research Assistant, Universal Design for Instruction Project, Demonstration Project to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive a Quality Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Conducted focus group research; lead author of technical report; created case study template and wrote case studies about faculty’s use of UDI principles.
  • 2001 to 2002: Learning Specialist, University Program for Students with Learning Disabilities, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Assisted students in developing self-advocacy skills; provided instruction in learning strategies; coordinated students’ use of accommodations.
  • 1992 to 2001: Assistant Director, Learning Disability Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Assisted professional staff in developing national model of ADHD college coaching; trained and supervised LD/ADHD specialists and graduate student Learning Specialists; provided strategies instruction and coaching services to undergraduate and graduate students; conducted professional development workshops for faculty; co-authored University’s documentation guidelines for LD and ADHD; developed staff training manual and wrote website content.
  • 1990 to 1992: Private School Director, Bloomington dePaul School, Bloomington, IN. Provided administrative and educational leadership to private school for students with dyslexia; hired and trained faculty; conducted parent training/community awareness; mentored Indiana University special education students during field placements.
  • 1989 to 1990: Teacher, Bloomington dePaul School, Bloomington, IN. Taught language arts and math to students with dyslexia (grades 1-8); taught learning strategies to high school students with LD in evenings; co-facilitated parent support groups.
  • 1987 to 1989: Co-Coordinator, The Overseas Student Teaching Project, Indiana University School of Educations, Bloomington, IN. Prepared undergraduate Education majors to live/student teach abroad; taught seminars on comparative educational systems and cultures; conducted overseas supervison trip; supervised student teachers in their Indiana school placements.
  • 1987 to 1989: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Special Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Redesigned syllabus and twice taught required undergraduate course on reading and mathematics assessment/prescriptive teaching techniques.
  • 1985 to 1987: Curriculum Development/Strategic Instruction, The dePaul School, Louisville, KY. Created learning strategies curriculum for middle school students with learning disabilities; taught weekend learning strategies course for high school students.
  • 1983 to 1985: Special Education Teacher, Franklin Community High School, Franklin, IN. Taught students (grades 9-12) with mild to moderate disabilities; created and implemented annual IEP’s; served as department chairperson; formed district-wide curriculum committee to create new courses; cooperating teacher for Indiana University student teacher.

Related Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member (peer review journals): Executive Editor, Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (Association on Higher Education and Disability), 2010-present; Career Development for Exceptional Individuals (Council for Exceptional Children), 2005 – present; Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (Association on Higher Education and Disability) 2003 – 2010; Learning Disabilities Research & Practice (Council for Exceptional Children), 2006 – present
  • Disability Consultant, Educational Testing Services (ETS), 1998 – present
  • Study Abroad Consultant, Trained academic and student affairs personnel in U.S., Europe, Japan on international disability issues, Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), 2000-2005
  • Member/Facilitator, National Summit on Transition Documentation, which developed the Nationally Endorsed Template for the Summary of Performance, 2004 – 2005
  • Co-Chair, LD-ADHD Special Interest Group, Association on Higher Education and Disability, 1997 – 1999


  • AHEAD Honor for Meritorious Contribution (2015)
  • One of three Reviewers of the Year, Career Development for Exceptional Children (2008)
  • “Dominic Award” recipient for excellence in documentation review, Educational Testing Services (2005)
  • Honorable Mention, Journal of Developmental Education Outstanding Article (2004)
  • Recipient, Vivienne Litt Memorial Scholarship, University of Connecticut, Storrs (2003)
  • Finalist, Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Connecticut, Storrs (2003)
  • Recipient, Learning Disabilities Services Director’s Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001)

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Coaching
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America