Joseph Gagnon is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Department at the University of Florida. Dr. Gagnon also serves as Affiliate Faculty for the Center on Children and Families in the University of Florida Levin College of Law and in 2013-2014 was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa. His research projects focus on the study of policies and practices that promote the provision of appropriate educational services for youth with special needs, particularly in juvenile corrections and psychiatric schools. He conducts research and publishes on a number of topics including, curriculum/assessment/accountability, youth behavior, and mathematics and reading instruction. Dr. Gagnon has served as Court Monitor and/or Special Education expert on 13 lawsuits, including 7 for the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights. He has also conducted training sessions in 10 countries including Thailand, Egypt, Venezuela, and Azerbaijan.