Jessica R Toste

Jessica R Toste
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education
Fellow, Reading Institute, Meadows and VGC

Phone: +1 512 475 6551
Office: SZB 5.804B
Office Hours: By appointment
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Dr. Jessica Toste is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin and a fellow of the Reading Institute within The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from McGill University. She teaches courses on reading instruction, learning disability, and special education law. Dr. Toste is a Provost's Teaching Fellow at UT Austin and was named one of the 2017 “Texas Ten,” nominated by alumni as a professor who inspired them during their time on the Forty Acres. Her research interests are related to intensive interventions for students with reading disabilities, with a particular focus on data-based decision-making processes and motivation. Dr. Toste was trained in reading intervention research as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University (2011-2013) and as a Fulbright scholar/visiting researcher at the Florida Center for Reading Research (2008-2009). She has worked as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In the community, Dr. Toste serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Disability Rights Texas (, the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. She is on the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council of GLSEN (, as well the Advisory Board for The University of Texas Charter School System.