Lori Desautels

Assistant Professor, College of Education at Butler University

Dr. Lori Desautels has been an assistant professor at Butler University since 2016, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Lori was also an assistant professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for eight years, where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium, now sponsored by Butler University.

Lori has created a nine-hour graduate certification at Butler in Applied Educational Neuroscience/Brain and Trauma. She has created webinars for educators, clinicians, and administrators illustrating how educators and students alike must understand their neuroanatomy to regulate behavior and calm the brain.

Lori is co-author of the social and emotional competencies for the state of Indiana published in January 2018. Lori’s first book, How May I Serve You?: Revelations in Education, was published in March 2012. Her second book, co-authored with educator Michael McKnight, entitled Unwritten: The Story of a Living System, has been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country. Lori’s third book, Eyes Are Never Quiet, was published in January of 2018, and a new book, Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perception of Discipline, will be coming in January 2021.

Lori graduated with a BS in Special Education from Butler University, an MS in Counseling Education from Indiana University, and earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in early adolescence/thought formation from Indiana University and American Institute of Holistic Theology.

Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Michael. She has three grown children—Andrew, Sarah, and Regan—and four rescue fur babies. 

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