Daniel Berch

Daniel B. Berch

  • Professor Emeritus


Daniel Berch is a professor emeritus of the educational psychology and applied developmental science program. He remains active in his field by periodically contributing to the scholarly literature in mathematical cognition and learning, and occasionally giving talks on mathematical learning difficulties. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of an NSF-funded international project (130 labs from 28 U.S. states and 27 countries) aimed at expanding the global network studying early numeracy. Berch is also a Special Advisor to the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society for which he was the Founding Chair of the Governing Board. He is the senior editor of the book Why is Math So Hard for Some Children? The Nature and Origins of Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, and senior editor of the five-volume book series Mathematical Cognition and Learning. 

Among other honors, Berch is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science as well as the APA’s Divisions of Developmental and Educational Psychology and is also an Emeritus Fellow of the Psychonomic Society. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, where he initially served as the Education School’s Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, he was the Associate Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. During his tenure there, he received the NIH Award of Merit and served as an ex officio member of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel commissioned by President George W. Bush.


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1969
M.A., Michigan State University, 1967
B.A., University of Michigan, 1965