Amanda L. Sullivan, PhD

Researching education and health disparities among children with learning differences and special needs

Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor at the University of Minnesota

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The overarching goal of my professional activities is to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children and youth from traditionally marginalized backgrounds. I concentrate on issues of equity and diversity in education, particularly those affecting children and youth with or at-risk for special needs. My current interests include:


  • patterns and predictors of special needs among children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;

  • disparities in the educational treatment and outcomes of students with and at-risk for disabilities; and

  • professional issues in ethics, law, and effectiveness of educational and school psychological services provided to traditionally marginalized groups/communities.


I am the Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor of Educational Psychology and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota. I completed my training at Arizona State University and am a licensed psychologist.