W. Alan zzzCoulter, PhD

LSUHSC - Human Development Center
School of Allied Health Professions
LSUHSC - Human Development Center
411 South Prieur Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-2262
Phone: 504-556-7559
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: September 11, 2019

W. Alan zzzCoulter

Leadership Administrative Staff: Director for Education Initiatives
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
Specialty Resource Contacts: Implementation of MTSS, RtI
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Director, TIERS Group (Teams Intervening Early to Reach all Students)
Director, LA School Psychology Internship Consortium (LAS*PIC)
LA Autism Spectrum & Related Disorders (LASARD) Project
Discipline(s): Psychology
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: National Training Directors' Council
Community Education Directors' Council
Research: Program Evaluation of Special Education Programs
Implementation Science applications
Education: Supervision of technical assistance projects, supervision of doctoral and post doctoral interns in school psychology
Professional development of educators, related service professionals, and family members in topics related to education and mental health
Service: Leadership Development - state professional organizations
Program evaluation for special and general education programs


Education and Training:

  • 1991: Ph.D., Department of Educational Psychology, School Psychology Program; University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • 1971: M.S., Psychology, University of North Texas (included the completion of requirements for both the Clinical and Experimental Graduate Programs)
  • 1969: B.S., Psychology and Personnel Management, University of North Texas


  • Licensed Psychologist, #731 (1991 to date)
  • Certified Mediator, Atlanta Criminal Justice Center, 1991
  • Hearing Officer for Special Education, Louisiana Department of Education, 1990

Professional Experience:

7/97 - present:                Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Interdisciplinary Human Studies, School of Allied Health Professions, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

1991 - present:               Program Director for K-12 Programs, Human Development Center, School of Allied Health Professions, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Program Evaluation Projects (including compliance with federal/state law):

Pennsylvania Department of Education, 1991.  Program evaluation of the federally funded discretionary programs supporting delivery of special education services through state, intermediate, and local education agencies.  This evaluation focused on relationship of ten individual projects to the state=s mission for special education and the effectiveness and cost-benefit for each program.

Rhode Island International Institute, 1995-96.  Program evaluation of a grant-funded program to recruit, educate, and acquire citizenship for immigrants within the state.  The evaluation includes regular program consultation on mission and project activities resulting in quarterly reports.

Viviremos! HIV Education for Migrant Farmworkers, 1996-99.  Program evaluation of a national training of trainers program to educate migrant farmworkers and their families to prevent HIV infection.  This program works with state and local health, migrant services, and public education agencies to provide training and a high school curriculum to prevent the spread of HIV within the target population.

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools - Special Education Program 1997 and 1999.  Chaired a seven member third-party program evaluation team which completed a comprehensive review of the special education program including instructional and related services, administration, and data management.  This review led to recommendations for substantial organizational and procedural changes.  The school district is currently implementing those recommendations.  A follow-up program evaluation report was completed in June, 1999 that summarized findings from visits in March and April of that year.

Advocacy Inc. of Texas in behalf of the Texas Education Agency, 1997 to present.  Member of a five person group who examined the state monitoring system for special education programs.  The group prepared two papers outlining the requirements and criteria for an effective state-level monitoring system.  Also provided consultation for plaintiffs in Angel G. v Texas Education Agency (1997 to present).

Nosotras Viviremos: HIV Prevention for Adolescent Female Farmworker Youth. 1997 B 99. Program evaluation of a national curriculum-development program to assist migrant farmworker mothers and their daughters to prevent HIV infection.  This program works with community-based agencies to provide training and a curriculum to prevent the spread of HIV within the target population

Emma C. v Delaine Eastin et al.  California Department of Education. January 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999. Monitor selected by parties to (1) conduct comprehensive needs assessment, (2) develop a corrective action plan for a local school system, (3) work with all parties to develop a state-wide monitoring system for special education services, (4) develop budgets, select consultants, and monitor implementation of a corrective action plan, (5) make recommendations and administer a compensatory education program.

California Department of Education, July 1, 1999 to September 4, 2001. Principal consultant on Focused Monitoring of Special Education Programs as part of the state=s responsibility for general supervision under Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 1997.

Florida Department of Education. June, 2000 to present.  Provide consultation to FL DOE staff and a stakeholder group on the design and implementation of a focused monitoring system for special education compliance.

New Mexico Department of Education, September, 2000 to present.  Provide consultation to the Special Education Division on accountability and monitoring processes and facilitate the Stakeholders Group.

Illinois Department of Education, December, 2001 to present. Provide consultation on state-wide Continuous Improvement Plan for Special Education and facilitate the Stakeholders Work Group.

Mississippi Department of Education, January, 2002 to present. Provide consultation on improvement in special education, implementation of Focused Monitoring, development of a state needs assessment and special education improvement plan.

Connecticut Department of Education, August, 2002 to present. Serve as a member of the Expert Advisory Team for P.J. et al v State of Connecticut, Board of Education et al.  Provide consultation on issues of nondiscriminatory assessment and least restrictive environment.

Offices Held in Professional Societies:

  • President, National Association of School Psychologists, 1983-1984
  • Treasurer, National Association of School Psychologists, 1980-1982
  • Director, School Psychology Division, Texas Psychological Association, 1979
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Division of School Psychology, Texas Psychological Association, 1978
  • Director, Division of Psychological Associations, Texas Psychological Association, 1978


  • Coulter, W. A. (2003, February). No special educator left behind: Selective considerations for the necessary improvement of special education in Louisiana. Keynote address for the 23rd annual Louisiana Super Conference on Special Education, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Coulter, W. A. (2003, January) Presentation to CDSPP
  • Coulter, W. A. (2002, July). Getting reauthorization right this time: Themes from the President's commission on excellence in special education.  Keynote address for the 2002 Special Education Directors Conference, Illinois Board of Education, Springfield, IL. 
  • Coulter, W. A. (2002, July). The future is us: Reflections on the President's commission on special education and pupil appraisal issues.  Presentation for the 2002 Annual Pupil Appraisal Conference, Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA.