Elizabeth Swanson

Elizabeth  Swanson
Research Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Phone: +1 512 232 2320
Email: easwanson@austin.utexas.edu
Office: SZB 228
Office Hours: By appointment
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For the past 22 years, Dr. Swanson has served the field of education as a special education teacher, college instructor, researcher, public speaker, and writer. Swanson's consistent focus has been on improving educational opportunities for struggling readers and students with learning disabilities. She is currently a Research Associate Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk.

Dr. Swanson has served as principal investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects exceeding $30 million to date. Swanson currently serves as PI of an IES-funded research project investigating the efficacy of a vocabulary and reading comprehension intervention delivered in 4th grade social studies. As co-principal investigator of the a model demonstration project funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, she leads a group of instructional coaches and teachers as they infuse middle school content area classes with research based literacy practices.

Dr. Swanson co-authored two books:
"Now We Get it! Boosting Comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading"
"Literacy Coaching in Secondary Settings: Improving Intensive Instruction for All Students.”

Swanson serves on the Editorial Board for Review of Educational Research (#1 impact factor in social sciences), Reading and Writing Quarterly, and Learning Disability Quarterly. In addition to many teacher-focused practice guides designed to help bridge research to practice, she has published more than 60 articles in peer reviewed journals focused on literacy instruction in grades K-8. She presents frequently for teacher audiences and at nationally-recognized conferences.