Daniel is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Dan’s initial research focused on the brain basis of learning and memory, but in the last decade he has concerned himself with the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education.

Apart from teaching, Dan writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for a American Educator magazine, and is an Associate Editor of Mind, Brain, and Education. He is also the author of Why Don’t Students Like School? and When Can YouTrust the Experts?  His writing on education has been translated into eleven languages.

Married to a Montessori teacher, and the father of three school-aged children, Dan earned his B.A. from Duke University in 1983 and his Ph.D.in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University in 1990.