Philip Capin

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Research Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
Researcher, Meadows and VGC

Phone: +1 512 471 8577
Office Hours: By appointment
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Philip Capin is a research assistant professor for the Department of Special Education and a researcher for the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on improving reading instruction and assessment for children, particularly those with or at risk for reading disabilities.

Dr. Capin currently serves as an investigator for several funded projects: (1) an intervention development project focused on i-SMART, an intervention to support mindset and reading together (funded by Institute for Education Sciences); (2) the Center for Success of English Learners (CSEL), an Education Development Research Center focused on improving outcomes for English learners in the secondary grades (funded by IES); (3) the Texas Learning Disabilities Research Center project examining learning disabilities identification and intervention for children with or at risk for learning disabilities (funded by the National Institutes of Health); (4) and a project focused on developing high-quality reading instruction for emergent bilinguals at risk for reading disabilities in the upper elementary grades (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs).

Dr. Capin has significant experience developing and testing reading interventions. He has played a leading or key role in the development and testing of more than ten reading interventions focusing across the K-12 grade span. These interventions have focused on novel approaches to reading interventions that integrate instruction focused on factors related to reading, such as reading motivation, self-regulation, and anxiety management.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Capin frequently consults with educators to increase the use of evidence-based practices for instruction and assessment in schools. He also presents on issues related to practice across the U.S.

Dr. Capin received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this, he was a special education teacher and a credentialed school administrator.