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David Parker2014 Rising Alumni

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David Parker is among the most promising scholars and leaders in educational psychology. As a researcher, he has already published 16 articles in top research journals on assessment and intervention for students struggling with early literacy. He also co-developed programming and training content for AmeriCorps tutors to support at-risk learners and their families. David was recognized by the Society for the Study of School Psychology as one of the top early career scholars in school psychology. He is becoming one of Minnesota's most influential voices regarding important educational issues and remains convinced that all children are capable of meaningful learning.


Research Director

CEHD Degree

M.A. and Ph.D., Educational Psychology

What gets you excited about work?

Watching a student master a skill that had previously caused him/her frustration.

What professors were most influential during your time in CEHD?

I was fortunate to be influenced and inspired by several faculty to whom I can't express enough gratitude for their support of my graduate and professional career. Jennifer McComas and Kristen McMaster expanded my knowledge and skill as mentors from a closely related field (special education). My adviser, Matthew Burns, shared an incredibly skilled and tireless passion for conducting research to improve student outcomes.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

I have a soft spot in my heart for Dr. Seuss.

If you could have coffee with anyone from history, who would it be?

I think Thomas Jefferson would be a good choice. I remember reading his quotes at the Jefferson Memorial on a past trip to Washington D.C., and they reminded me just how lucky we all are to live in a country that was founded by people with such vision.

What was the impact and benefit of your experience in CEHD?

I had an outstanding experience related to conducting and disseminating research while at CEHD. I always appreciated what could be learned by scientific investigation, but I developed a much deeper appreciation during my graduate studies. CEHD provided the experiences and training to better conduct that work.