Dr. Joan McLaughlin has been named the Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) effective July 1, 2013, announced John Eastin, Director of the Institute for Education Sciences, of which NCSER is a division. McLaughlin has served as the Deputy Commissioner since February 2009 and has also served as NCSER’s program officer for the Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education grant program.
Prior to joining IES, McLaughlin spent 16 years working in
the Education and Family Services area of Abt Associates Inc., a research consulting
firm as principal investigator or project director for evaluations of federal
education, food assistance, and early childhood programs. McLaughlin has also
served as a program officer in the Office of Analysis and Evaluation at the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, where she oversaw studies
of programs and initiatives focused on maternal and child health, and child
nutrition issues. She also served as a program analyst in the Program
Evaluation and Methodology Division of the U.S. Government Accountability
McLaughlin received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from Cornell University. McLaughlin replaces Deborah Speece, who is leaving after serving 2 years as Commissioner to become Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
CEC congratulates Dr. Joan McLaughlin in her new role, and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with her.