My research and teaching focuses on improving instruction, intervention, and assessment for children and adolescents with dyslexia and other forms of reading difficulties. More specifically, I study children's development of word reading skills in early elementary school (and how difficulties with word reading skills arise), reading comprehension among older students, improving educators' and researchers' use of assessment data to better understand their students' unique needs and progress. Overall, I conduct research to better understand interventions, key practices, and assessments that are effective for students with the most intensive learning difficulties.
In addition to my research and teaching activities at The University of Texas at Austin, I also work with teachers, administrators, and parents on ways to improve intervention and assessment for students with dyslexia and other forms of reading difficulty. I am trained and certified as a school psychologist but I also have extensive experience in direct intervention. I can bring this skill set to help schools in a variety of ways.
I joined the Department of Special Education in 2016. Prior to arriving at The University of Texas, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. I received my Ph.D. in school psychology from Lehigh University in 2009.