- Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1971
- B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1967
Daniel P. Hallahan received his B.A. in Psychology in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Education and Psychology in 1971 from the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the faculty of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia since 1971. He was chair of the Department of Special Education from 1980 to 1985 and chair of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education from 1997 to 2008. Hallahan was the inaugural occupant of the Virgil S. Ward Professor of Education Endowed Chair from 1996 to 1998 and was appointed to the University’s Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship from 2002 to 2004. He has held the Charles S. Robb Professorship since 2004. He received the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998. In 2003, he was one of ten recipients of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award. He was the inaugural editor of Exceptionality from 1990 to 1992 and currently serves on the editorial boards of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, Learning Disability Quarterly, the Journal of Special Education, and Exceptionality. Hallahan is a past president of the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and in 2000 he received the CEC Career Research Award.
Hallahan’s primary research interests are in the areas of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the history of special education. Many of his early publications focused on the use of cognitive training procedures for students with learning disabilities. Many of his most recent publications have focused on educational placement issues in special education. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on several federally funded research or doctoral level training projects, including the UVa Learning Disabilities Research Institute, one of five research institutes in learning disabilities. He is co-author of several books, including the widely used Hallahan, Kauffman, & Pullen (2009). Exceptional learners: Introduction to special education (11th ed). Boston: Allyn & Bacon and Hallahan, Lloyd, Kauffman, Weiss, & Martinez (2005). Learning disabilities: Foundations, characteristics, and effective teaching (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.