David Philpott
Professor (Retired)

David Philpott

MEd, EdD
Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development


Dr. David Philpott is a respected researcher, knowledgeable consultant and articulate advocate for healthy child development. During his 40-year career in education he has been at the forefront of informing societal approaches to supporting vulnerable children and empowering their families. His Curriculum Vitae provides details of his career, including the following highlights:

  • Research Associate, The Atkinson Centre for Child and Social Development, University of Toronto
  • Professor of Special Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Adjunct Professor Disability Studies, University of Calgary
  • Psychotherapist with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Clinician/consultant in child mental health and assessment
  • Extensive national and international research/publication portfolio
  • Editorial Board for three scholarly journals
  • Substantial public speaking/presentation resume

David Philpott's full curriculum vitae

Scholarly & Creative Works

Research Interests

David is passionate about a range of topics relating to child development, with noted experience in areas such as educational assessment, Indigenous/Aboriginal education, early child education, family empowerment, childhood disabilities and mental health, and teacher training. His contributions to education and policy development have been significant and he continues to create and mobilize knowledge to inform public policy.