Expert in reading, dyslexia and related learning disabilities. Featured speaker at local and national conferences. Conducted extensive research on how children learn to read and write, as well as effective practices in teacher training. Publications include various articles on dyslexia, teaching, and education issues.
Activities & Interests
Founding Director, Colorado Literacy and Learning Center, 2007-2013
Learning and Educationg about Disabilities (LEAD) Foundation Board of Directors, 2005-2011
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Karen Possehl Women's Endowment, 2001-2009
CU-Aging Initiative Community Development Committee, 2005-2008
University of Colorado Foundation's "Alumni and Friends Award," 2006
International Dyslexia Association, 1995-2013
Academic Language Therapy Association, 1995-2013
American Psychological Association, 2005-2013
Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region, Education Committee, 2009-2011. 2009, 2010, 2011 Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region.
Colorado Department of Education RTI Implementation Team, 2008. Response to Intervention (RtI) - A practitioner's guide to implementation.
Southern Methodist University, Department of Psychology, Dallas, TX, 2005. Spontaneous writing sample comparisons of normal and learning disabled upper elementary students.
Southern Methodist University, Department of Psychology, Dallas, TX, 2000. The effects of learning disabilities on the spontaneous writing samples of middle school children.
Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program (LISCP) Reading Institute courses
ED513 Foundations in Literacy
ED513 Introduction to Reading Intervention
ED513 Literacy Seminar I
ED513 Literacy Practicum I
ED513 Advanced Reading Intervention (2nd year course)
ED513 Advanced Literacy Seminar II (2nd year course)
ED513 Advanced Literacy Practicum II (2nd year course)
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, Experimental Psychology: Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities.
M.A., Southern Methodist University, Experimental Psychology.
B.A., Southern Methodist University, Journalism: Public Relations and Advertising.
Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, Texas Department of State Health Services
Certified Academic Language Therapist, Academic Language Therapy Association
Qualified Instructor, Academic Language Therapy Association
Committees & Governance
International Dyslexia Association National Board of Directors, 2008-2013
Academic Language Therapy Association National Board of Directors 2006-2010, 2011-2013
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic - Mountains and Plains Unit Board of Directors, 2008-2011
Listening to Learn Guild Advisory Board, 2009-2011
Colorado Department of Education Special Education Advisory Committee, 2005-2010
Colorado Department of Education Response to Intervention Implementation Team, 2005-2006
Literacy Instruction for Texas Board of Directors, 1997-1999
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