For 26 years, Dr. Carol Kochhar-Bryant has developed and directed advanced graduate and doctoral leadership preparation programs in special education and disability studies. Building on her background in medicine and psychology, she initiated a special education doctoral program that includes course work and research internships that bridge cognitive neuroscience and special education interventions for children with atypical development and special learning needs.
Her focus of research and interest over the past two decades has been on analysis of national education policies affecting children with special learning needs, including special education, vocational education, career-technical education, and youth development policies.
In collaboration with former Associate Dean Ianacone, she has directed the Federal Education Policy Institute that has served GSEHD for 11 years with a focus on policy responses for improving outcomes for children and youth with complex challenges to learning.
Dr. Kochhar-Bryant has worked with the World Bank, Asia Technical Division, to examine special education policies in 12 Asian countries. She has consulted and conducted evaluation with public school districts and state departments of education, and the U.S. Department of Education, National Association for Public Administration. She has served on standards boards such as the NEA Great Schools Indicators Project and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Exceptional Learners Panel. She has assisted states to develop and evaluate their State Improvement Grants authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Other relevant evaluation experiences include the evaluation of the six Regional Resources Centers and Federal Resource Center of the U.S. Department of Education, evaluation of non-profit disability organizations, evaluation of special education and transition services in a 22 site correctional education system in Pennsylvania, and a variety of cross-categorical and community-based service (e.g., case management, residential services, adult vocational services, institutional services, respite care services and JTPA employment training programs).
Dr. Kochhar-Bryant is past President of the Division on Career Development and Transition of the International Council for Exceptional Children. Implications of neuroscience for special education practice, policy and research.