Jessica R Toste

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

Phone: +1 512 475 6551
Office: SZB 408H
Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Jessica Toste is an assistant 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 PhD in educational psychology from McGill University. She teaches courses on reading instruction, learning disabilities (LD), and disability law. Dr. Toste was named one of the 2017 "Texas Ten," nominated by UT alumni as a professor who inspired them during their time on the Forty Acres. Her research interests are related to students with LD and effective reading interventions, with a particular focus on motivation as a determinant of school success. She has also articles and book chapters on resilience factors related to achievement and psychosocial functioning of youth at-risk. 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 on the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council of GLSEN ( She is also on the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Texas (, federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. She also volunteers with CASA Travis County, as a court-appointed special advocate and guardian ad litem for children who have been abused and neglected.