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Leadership Team

Dr. Patricia Mathes, PhD

Founder & Chairman

Patricia Mathes is the Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Evidence-Based Education and Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Education at Southern Methodist University. She received her Ph.D. in 1992 from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Education and Human Development and has served on the faculties of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, the College of Education at Florida State University, and Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University.  


She is also the recipient of several prodigious awards including: the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Baylor University; the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association; the 2002 Interpretive Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association; the 2001 Distinguished Early Career Researcher Award from the Council for Exceptional Children; and the 1999 Samuel A. Kirk Award from Council for Exceptional Children Division of Learning Disabilities.


She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books, and curricular materials related to reading and reading disabilities, accommodating academic diversity, and best practices for struggling readers.  Likewise, she serves as Editor of the Annals of Dyslexia, sits on the Board for the Council for Learning Disabilities, is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, and provides nationwide teacher/staff development focused on translating research into practice.

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