2022 Speakers

Hugh Catts, Ph.D.
Hugh Catts, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University

Dr. Catts is Professor and Director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. His research interests include the early identification and prevention of reading disabilities. He is a past board member of the International Dyslexia Association and past board member and president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.
 
He has received the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association and the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for his career contributions in each of these disciplines. His current research concerns the early identification of reading and language disabilities and the nature and treatment of reading comprehension problems.
Anna Middleton, Ph.D.
Anna Middleton, Ph.D.

Clinical Research Scientist in the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children

Anna Middleton, Ph.D. is a Clinical Research Scientist in the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Her clinical training and work in the field of reading disabilities cultivated her interest in the science of reading and the mechanisms by which methods effective reading instruction improve various outcomes. She is a board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association and serves on the editorial board of IDA’s scientific publication, Annals of Dyslexia. Her research interests include optimizing treatment efficacy to improve reading outcomes for all children, characterizing individual differences in response to reading instruction, and enhancing our understanding of the psychological and neurological mechanisms underlying specific learning disabilities, particularly dyslexia.

Margie Gillis, Ed.D.
Margie Gillis, Ed.D.

Founder and President, Literacy How, Inc.

Dr. Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D. has taught children and adults to read for over 45 years. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, a research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, and the founder and president of Literacy How, a non-profit organization that provides professional development for teachers on how to apply the Science of Reading. She is the president of Anne Fowler Foundation and the co-founder of Smart Kids with LD, a board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association and the Reading League of CT. She is an editor of the IDA Perspectives Journal and the Reading League Journal and a professional advisor for Understood, ReadWorks, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. Margie believes that learning to read is a civil right and that all children benefit from research and evidence-based instruction.

Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.
Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor

Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D., is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, Psychology and Human Development, Radiology, and Pediatrics and was selected to be the 2017-2018 Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University. She is also Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, training faculty for Vanderbilt’s Neuroscience Ph.D. program, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. Her work focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of learning, with a particular emphasis on reading disabilities, language, and executive function. Currently, she is the principal investigator of NIH-funded research projects on reading and reading comprehension and a co-investigator on other NIH- and NSF- projects focused on cognitive development as well as reading and math development and intervention. 

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