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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Rajiv Satsangi
PhD, Purdue University
Associate Professor
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Special Education
Special Education: General Curriculum

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Phone: (703) 993-1746
Fax: (703) 993-4497
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 209
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Rajiv Satsangi is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research examines evidence-based practices in mathematics to support neurologically diverse students including those identified with dyscalculia. His current school-based projects study the efficacy of digital and physical representation models on students’ conceptual understanding of algebraic principles. 

To date, his research has been featured across multiple peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Special Education and Education Technology. He also currently serves on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Learning Disabilities and Learning Disabilities Research & Practice. For his contributions to the field, he has earned multiple recognitions including the 2019 Must Reads Research Article Award from the Council for Learning Disabilities as well as the 2020 Samuel A. Kirk Research Publication Award from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities. In 2020, he was an invited member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Technical Working Group on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Mathematics Data for Students with Disabilities. 

Prior to his time in academia, he served as a member of the AmeriCorps Vista program in Indianapolis, Indiana, and shortly thereafter worked as a Special Education mathematics teacher in Title-1 schools. His educational background includes earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education from Purdue University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The Pennsylvania State University. 

Recent Publications

Satsangi, R., Hammer, R. & Raines, A. R. (2021). Comparing video modeling to teacher-led modeling for algebra instruction with students with learning disabilities. Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal, 29(4), 249–264.

Satsangi, R., Raines, A. R., & Fraze, K. (2021). Virtual manipulatives for teaching algebra: A research-to-practice guide for secondary students with a learning disability. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 26(1), 46–57.  

Satsangi, R., Billman, R. H., Raines, A. R., & Macedonia, A. M. (2021). Studying the impact of video modeling for algebra instruction for students with learning disabilities. The Journal of Special Education, 55(2), 67–78.

Satsangi, R., Hammer, R., & Bouck, E. C. (2020). Using video modeling to teach geometry word problems: A strategy for students with learning disabilities. Remedial and Special Education, 41(5), 309–320.

Satsangi, R., Hammer, R., & Hogan, C. D. (2019). Video modeling and explicit instruction: A comparison of strategies for teaching mathematics to students with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 34(1), 35–46.

Satsangi, R., Miller, B., & Savage, M. N. (2019). Helping teachers make informed decisions when selecting assistive technology for secondary students with disabilities. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 63(2), 97–104.

Satsangi, R., Hammer, R., & Evmenova, A. (2018). Teaching multistep equations with virtual manipulatives to secondary students with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 33(2), 99–111.   

Satsangi, R., Hammer, R., & Hogan, C. D. (2018). Studying virtual manipulatives paired with explicit instruction to teach algebraic equations to students with learning disabilities. Learning Disability Quarterly, 41(4), 227–242.