Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD

Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy
Phone: 240-821-9389

Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD

Michael Gamel-McCormick is the Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at AUCD. He is also the director of the Promise Grant Technical Assistance project, focusing on improving the outcomes for SSI eligible youth in post-secondary education, employment, and independent living.

Before joining AUCD, Michael was the Disability Policy Director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the chairmanship of Sen. Tom Harkin. He was also senior education policy advisory for Sen. Harkin.

Prior to joining Senate staff, Michael was the professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for 17 years, dean of the College of Education and Public Policy, and Director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, Delaware's UCEDD, all at the University of Delaware.

Prior to joining the University of Delaware, Michael was a teacher of preschool children with disabilities, the director of an early intervention program, and the program director for a large urban human services agency serving children with disabilities between birth and eight years of age and their families. Most of his direct service experience is with children and families living in poverty.

Dr. Gamel-McCormick has provided technical assistance to early childhood and early intervention programs throughout the nation and in five countries. He is co-author of the book Young Children with Special Needs: A Developmentally Appropriate Approach and has published articles on inclusion, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Dr. Gamel-McCormick has a PhD in education and human development from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin.