The University of Iowa

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Dr. Deborah Reed

Deborah K. Reed became the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center in 2015 and is on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Education, where she is currently a professor in the special education program.

Reed spent the first 10 years of her career as an English language arts and reading teacher as well as a reading specialist, working primarily with students exhibiting serious reading difficulties. Since 2003, she has been a researcher and technical assistance provider in numerous states. She has published extensively and continues to research methods for improving reading instruction and assessment, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Recent Blog Posts

Teacher reading aloud to three students

Incorporating Oral Language Learning Throughout the School Day

Take three basic steps to implicitly and explicitly teach language to help develop this foundational skill for young students.
Teacher with reading program materials in front of class

Is It the Materials or the Instruction That Make For a Good Reading Program?

Read why teaching in an explicit, systematic way with differentiation is at the heart of the best performing reading programs.
students participating in reading programs

Technically Speaking: What is Causal Inference and Why is it Important?

In experimental studies, reading researchers try to establish a connection between a program or type of instruction and students’ reading performance by controlling for other things that might explain the outcomes.