Elizabeth Swanson

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Research Professor, Department of Special Education

Phone: +1 512 232 2320
Email: easwanson@austin.utexas.edu
Office: SZB 4.908
Office Hours: By appointment
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Dr. Elizabeth Swanson's career is focused on improving educational opportunities for struggling readers and students with learning disabilities. As a special education teacher, she served elementary school students with mild to moderate disabilities, including dyslexia, math disabilities, and behavior disorders. In fact, you can still find her active in the classroom as a guest educator (i.e., substitute teacher) every chance she gets.

Swanson is currently a Research Professor with a primary appointment with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and a courtesy appointment in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Swanson has served as principal investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects exceeding $37 million to date, all focused on preventing or remediating reading difficulties at the elementary and middle school levels.

In addition to many teacher-focused practice guides designed to help bridge research to practice, she has published more than 70 articles in peer reviewed journals focused on literacy instruction in grades K-8. She presents frequently for teachers, school leaders, and researchers at nationally recognized conferences.

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.”