Douglas is among the leading researchers in the nation regarding the instruction of students at risk for school failure because of disability or poverty.

He holds the Nicholas Hobbs Endowed Chair in Special Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where he is also co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. Doug has led over 50 federally-sponsored research grants including the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities and the Accelerating Academic Achievement Research Center. His work is focused on the development of pre-referral interventions, peer-assisted learning strategies in reading and math, curriculum-based measurement procedures, and methods of reintegrating students with high-incidence disabilities into mainstream settings.

During his career Doug has taught first graders with serious emotional problems in a special school in Baltimore; taught in a fourth-grade classroom in Pennsylvania; and was staff psychologist for the Minneapolis public schools’ special education preschool program. He has also been a consultant to the New York City Department of Education.

Among the most highly cited social scientists in America in the last decade, Doug was named Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor in 2001. Doug received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in educational psychology with an emphasis in special education and school psychology.