Matthias Grünke, Ph.D.
Full Professor and Chair
Matthias Grünke is a full professor of Special Education at the University of Cologne and a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland. Before his current assignments, he was a full professor at the University of Oldenburg and a substitute professor at the University of Leipzig. He received his masters degree in Psychology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg and his Ed.D. (“summa cum laude”) as well as his postdoctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Cologne. Dr. Grünke is a trained Montessori educator and behaviour therapist. His research focuses on the efficacy of teaching methods and on learning strategies for children and youth who struggle in school.
Since 2000, Dr. Grünke has published more than 100 scholarly articles and books. During the same time, he has presented over 100 papers and posters at professional conferences. He is the editor of
- Empirical Special Education (in German),
- Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, and one of the associate editors of
- Insights on Learning Disabilities.
In addition, he currently serves on the editorial board of
- Aula Abierta,
- Behavioral Disorders,
- British Journal of Learning Disabilities,
- Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (in German),
- Journal of ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Disabilities,
- Magister, and
Dr. Grünke is an executive board member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilies (IARLD), the immediate past president of Learning Disabilities Worldwide (LDW), the chair of the professional advisory board of the same organization, and a founder member of the German Centre for Empirical Inclusion Research (ZEIF). He has served as a consultant for the German Federal Department of Education and Research (BMBF), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), and other renowned institutions. Dr. Grünke has conducted a number of research projects sponsored by different privately operated and governmental funds (including one with a funding volume of more than 1.000.000 €).
In 2010, he received the badge of honour from the University of Beni Suef in Egypt for his merits in special education and for supporting scientific relations between Egypt and Germany.