Areas of Expertise
Interventions for children and youth with learning disabilities and other significant reading and math needs, promoting school success through school-wide multi-tiered systems of support such as response-to-intervention, and school-based teams (e.g., problem-solving teams and professional learning communities)
Dr. Matthew K. Burns is a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy (SKiPP). He is a prolific researcher (e.g., published over 200 articles and book chapters, and 12 books), but is dedicated to positively influencing practice in K-12 schools and mentoring the next generation of thought leaders in education. As one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, Dr. Burns works closely with schools to study and implement response-to-intervention models, intensive reading and math interventions, school-based teams, and generally supporting students with and without disabilities who needs are not being met. He is the immediate Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Past Editor of Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator before becoming an academic, and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years.