Philip Capin

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

Phone: +1 512 471 8577
Office: SZB 4.906
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, including those with or at risk for reading disabilities.

Dr. Capin currently serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for three large-scale funded projects: (1) the Center for Success of English Learners (CSEL), an Education Development Research Center funded by the Institutes for Education Sciences (IES) focused on improving outcomes for English learners in the secondary grades; (2) the Texas Learning Disabilities Research Center project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) examining learning disabilities identification and remediation for children with or at risk for learning disabilities, and (3) an IES-funded development project focused on developing an intervention to support mindset and reading together (i-SMART).

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 half dozen 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.