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 21 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 is the principal investigator of an IES-funded research project investigating the effects of a vocabulary and reading comprehension intervention delivered in 4th grade social studies. She is also the principal investigator of the Texas Education Funded Building RTI Capacity designed to support the implementation of Response to Intervention throughout the State of Texas. 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 a book entitled Now We Get it! Boosting Comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118026098,descCd-buy.html) and has published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed journals focused on literacy instruction in grades K-8. She presents frequently for teacher audiences and at nationally-recognized conferences.