Douglas Fuchs
Professor and Chair in Special Education and Human Development


  • Achievement gap
  • Poverty
  • Remediation and intervention
  • School reform
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Douglas Fuchs is a professor and chair in special education and human development at Vanderbilt University. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 1985, Fuchs was an assistant first grade teacher in a private school in Baltimore for children with severe behavior problems, a fourth grade classroom teacher in a public school near Philadelphia, and a school psychologist in the Minneapolis Public Schools. At Vanderbilt, he has been principal investigator of 50 federally-sponsored research grants, which have facilitated development of models of service delivery, assessments, and instructional approaches. He is currently exploring the importance of hybrid cognitively-focused and skills-based academic interventions for the most difficult-to-teach children. Fuchs is the author or co-author of more than 300 articles in peer-review journals and 60 book chapters. He has won several best paper awards and was recently identified by Thomson Reuters as among the 250 most frequently cited researchers in the social sciences in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010. In 2009, he was described as one of 14 “revolutionary educators” by Forbes Magazine. He has received numerous scholarly accolades as well.