Gudrun Doll-Tepper majored in English language and literature and sports at Freie Universität Berlin, where she later earned a doctorate in philosophy. In 1994 she completed the habilitation process at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt with a thesis devoted to trends in the development of sports and disability in research and education. She then worked as a researcher at Freie Universität and taught English and sports at a German high school and at a school for children with special needs. From 1978 to 1996 she was a member of the academic staff holding the title of "Akademische Rätin" and lecturer at Freie Universität. She taught at various universities, including Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and the Beijing Sport University in Beijng. Since 2004 she has been a professor of inclusive education, physical activity, and sports at Freie Universität Berlin.