Armed with an MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Danny worked for ten years in special education in different countries, in various settings and with individuals with different special educational needs and disabilites, before returning to academia. He obtained a Masters degree (Open University, UK) in Psychology while working as the coordinator of a validation project of an emotion remediation programme for individuals with autism and/or intellectual disabilities at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

He obtained his doctorate (summa cum laude) from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in June, 2017, under the supervision of Professor Fabrice Clément. During that time and since, he enjoyed extended research stays sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation at UC Berkeley, USA with Professor Joseph J. Campos, at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands with Professor Agneta Fischer and the University of Oxford, UK with Professor Brian Parkinson.

A great deal of his inspiration comes from questions that came to him when he worked for more than ten years in special education. In fact, he is currently teaching, supervising and carrying out postdoctoral research at the Department of Special Education in the University of Fribourg, Switzerland under Professors Geneviève Petitpierre and Myriam Squillaci. He is also affiliated to the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the Universtiy of Geneva, Switzerland where he works most closely with Professor David Sander and Dr Marcello Mortillaro. He has also recently been asked to join the editorial team of the Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction book series at Cambridge University Press.