Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Deborah K. Reed
Director, Iowa Reading Research Center

Deborah K. Reed earned her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Texas at Austin. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a English language arts and reading teacher and pre-kindergarten-12th grade reading specialist. Since 2003, she has been active in the field as a researcher and technical assistance provider. Most recently prior to joining the Iowa Reading Research Center, Dr. Reed has served as an assistant professor at Florida State University and the Florida Center for Reading Research. She has developed numerous instructional materials and professional development programs on evidence-based literacy practices, particularly for middle and high school students.

Dr. Reed was awarded the Council for Learning Disabilities’ 2010 Outstanding Researcher of the Year award, served as the chair of that organization’s Research Committee from 2012-2015, and is now the president elect. She has over 35 peer reviewed journal articles and serves on the editorial boards of Learning Disability QuarterlyLearning Disabilities Research & Practice, and the Elementary School Journal. Her current research interests include appropriate uses of reading data in instructional decision making, addressing the literacy demands of science classes, and providing reading instruction in correctional settings.

Recent Blog Posts

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Using Possible Selves to Facilitate Student Literacy Achievement

Through helping students define their possible selves, show them how becoming an expert reader can help them achieve their life goals.
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Literacy Education at Home: Approaches for Practicing Reading and Writing

Take your home-literacy learning to the next level by connecting what your child is reading or writing at home to literacy instruction they are receiving at school.
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Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Reading: The Intersection With Special Education

Learn how these supports of increasing intensity work for literacy education and why they are relevant to special education.