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  • Company: Project ACHIEVE Educational Solutions
  • Phone: 813-495-3318
  • Cell: 813-495-3318
  • Fax: 501-312-1493
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Education & Schools and Psychology

Keywords/Search Terms:

IDEA, LRE, FAPE, Special Education Disputes, Mental Health Misdiagnoses, ADA 504 Accommodations, Disability Rights, Disproportionality, Racial Discrimination, Emotionally Disturbed or Autistic Students, Seclusion & Restraints, School Safety & Violence, Bullying & Harassment, Discipline & Suspensions


PhD, School Psychology, Syracuse University; EdS, School Psychology, Syracuse University; MA, School Psychology, Syracuse University; BA, Psychology/Biology, Bowdoin College

Years in Practice:


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Additional Information

A Licensed Psychologist (FL) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Dr. Howie Knoff has been an Expert Witness in innumerable Federal and State Court cases, as well as Due Process Hearings and mediations nationwide since 1993. These cases have focused on IDEA and Special Education Procedures, School Psychology Assessment/Intervention Disputes, Psychological Misdiagnoses and Mental Health Services, 504 Accommodations and Disability Rights, Disproportionality and Racial Discrimination/Equity, Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic Students, Seclusion and Restraints, Educational Malpractice, School Safety and Violence, Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behavioral Supports, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Bullying and Harassment, Discipline and Corporal Punishment, IEP Disputes and Due Process Hearings, FAPE and LRE, Dispute Resolution and Mediation, Learning Disabilities and ADHD, Stress and Trauma. Howie has been the Expert Witness for (a) two State Attorney Generals (one case on autism and corporal punishment; the other on state-wide seclusions and restraints); (b) many state Office of Disability Rights special education disputes; (c) cases involving the discrimination and abuse of Black students; and (d) other cases involving the physical segregation of students with autism across an entire school district. In the early 90s, he was the Expert Witness for four consecutive racial discrimination cases in Montgomery, AL in Federal Court. His research and testimony not only helped win those cases, but the Judge ruled that he would work with the District for the next two years relative to reparations. Two of those cases involved the precedent-setting Chris D. and Cory R. cases. For a list of Howie's past Expert Witness cases, GO TO: . Howie received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in School Psychology. There, he took special education law and advocacy courses from some of the historical figures responsible for the Education for All Handicapped Children's Act (see After working in the field as a school psychologist (MA, NY); he taught at two Research I Universities (SUNY-Albany and then primarily at the University of South Florida) for over 20 years in their doctoral School Psychology Programs--leaving as a tenured Full Professor with over 100 publications; he then worked in the Special Education Unit at the Arkansas Department of Education for 13 years as the Special Projects Coordinator for the state's Director of Special Education; and he has consulted in schools across the world for over 40 years. He also was the 21st President of the National Association of School Psychologists which now represents over 25,000 school psychologists. For example, Howie has consulted with a number of state departments of education, the Department of Defense Dependents School District during Desert Storm, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. An expert in school safety and student discipline, SEL and PBIS, and interventions with behaviorally challenging students, he was on the writing team that produced "Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools" for President Clinton in 1988 after the first wave of school shootings. Howie was awarded the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division for early career contributions in 1990; he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division; he is trained in crisis intervention, mediation processes, and trauma-based interventions; and he has received over $50 million dollars in Federal grants to work in the schools (see his vita at Frequently interviewed in all areas of the media and a Keynote Speaker at conferences across the world, Dr. Knoff has been on the NBC Nightly News, numerous television and radio talk shows, and he was highlighted on an ABC News' 20/20 program on "Being Teased, Taunted, and Bullied."