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Lynne Fitzhugh


Lynne Fitzhugh, Ph.D., LDT, CALT-QI

Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program (LISCP) at Colorado College, Lynne Fitzhugh received her Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in learning disabilities. Dr. Fitzhugh is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Qualified Instructor (QI), and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist in the State of Texas.

As an expert in dyslexia and related learning disabilities, she has been a featured speaker at both local and national conferences. Her publications include various articles on dyslexia, writing disabilities, teacher preparation and education issues. She serves on the board of the Academic Language Therapy Association and is a former board member of the International Dyslexia Association. 

Founding Director
Colorado Literacy and Learning Center, Colorado Springs

A non-profit organization providing direct services to children including those with dyslexia, professional development in reading instruction and dyslexia remediation, and community services related to dyslexia.

  • Earned accreditation from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) at both Teaching and Therapy Levels, becoming first accredited center in Colorado
  • Established Reading Institute/Literacy Intervention Specialist Program in conjunction with Master of Arts in Teaching Degree at Colorado College. Program recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as one of nine universities in U.S. offering outstanding teacher preparation in the field of reading.
  • In five years, trained over two hundred teachers and directed over 8,500 hours of reading remediation and evaluation services
  • Provided training to staff members from the Colorado Division of Youth corrections
  • Partnered with Colorado College, the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic – Mountain and Plains Region and Colorado Springs School


Activities & Interests

International Dyslexia Association                                                                     1995 - 2013

  • National Board of Directors 2008 – 2013
    • Research to Practice in Education, Chair
    • Development Committee
    • Professional Development Committee 

Academic Language Therapy Association                                                         1995 - 2013 

  • National Board of Directors 2006 - 2013
    • Vice-President
    • Nominating Committee Policies and Procedure Development Committee
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter, Founding Member

Southern Methodist University-Simmons School of Education and Human Development Leadership Advisory Board                    2010-2012

Colorado College, Literacy Advisory Board                                                      2008-10131

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Mountain and Plains Region            2008 - 2011

  • Board of Directors

 Listening to Learn Guild Advisory Board, Denver                                           2009 – 2012

  • Board of Directors

L.E.A.D. (Learning and Educating About Disabilities) Foundation               2006 – 2012

  • Board of Directors
  • Community Forum Chair

Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee                                           2005 - 2010

  • Executive Committee 2006-2007

Colorado Department of Education Response to Intervention (RTI) Task Force 2005-2006

 Colorado Department of Education Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation Team   2006-2008

Literacy Instruction for Texas, Dallas, Texas                                                      1997-1999

Adult literacy program

  • Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Instructor

 American Psychological Association                                                                 2005 – current


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.

Regular Classes

ED250: Topics in Education: The Science of Literacy and Linguistics

ED513: The Reading Institute: The Science of Literacy and Linguistics
ED513: The Reading Institute: Introduction to Literacy Intervention
ED513: The Reading Institute: Advanced Literacy Intervention
ED513: The Reading Institute: Literacy Seminar I
ED513: The Reading Institute: Literacy Practicum I
ED513: The Reading Institute: Literacy Seminar II
ED513: The Reading Institute: Literacy Practicum II
ED518: Colloquium: Assessing and Interpreting Academic Assessments
ED518: Colloquium: Foundations of Literacy


    Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Psychology: Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities

    M.A., Southern Methodist University, Psychology

    Clinical Teaching Competency in Academic Language Therapy, Southern Methodist University

    B.F.A., Southern Methodist University, Journalism: Public Relations and Advertising

Committees & Governance

University of Colorado 2006 “Alumni and Friends Award”

Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment Steering Committee, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 2001 – 2009; Founder of “Unstoppable Women” Luncheon and Fundraising Chair, 2004-2008

CU-Aging Initiative Community Development Committee, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 2005 – 2008        

District 12 DAAAC Vice-Chair (District Accountability and Accreditation Advisory Committee), 2005-2007

LEAD (Learning and Educating About Disabilities) Foundation Board, 2005 - present

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Board Member 2001-2005, Advisory Board 2005-2010

World Festival of Theatre: Fundraising Committee, Colorado Springs, CO 2005-2006

“All Pikes Peak Reads” Steering Committee, Pikes Peak Library District

Children’s Literacy Center: Fundraising Committee, 2000-2004, Colorado Springs, CO

Community Leadership Program 2003, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado Lecture Series Steering Committee, 2001 - 2003