About Dr. Moats
Education & Bio
Positions Held
Boards & Awards
Education & Bio

Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. (1982) Reading and Human Development

Peabody College of Vanderbilt, M.A.
(1969) Learning Disabilities/Special Education

Wellesley College, B.A.
(1966) Music


Dr. Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher,graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientificjournal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling,language, and teacher preparation. After a first job as a neuropsychologytechnician, she became a teacher of students with learning and readingdifficulties, earning her Master’s degree at Peabody College of Vanderbilt.Later, after realizing how little she understood about teaching, she earned adoctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School ofEducation. Dr. Moats spent the next fifteen years in private practice as alicensed psychologist in Vermont, specializing in evaluation and consultationwith individuals of all ages and walks of life who experienced reading,writing, and language difficulties. At that time, she trained psychology interns in the Dartmouth MedicalSchool Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Moats spent one year as resident expertfor the California Reading Initiative; four years as site director of the NICHDEarly Interventions Project in Washington, DC; and ten years as researchadvisor and consultant with Sopris Learning.


Dr. Moats was recently a contributing writer of the CommonCore State Standards. In addition to the LETRS professional developmentseries, Dr. Moats’ books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials forTeachers (Brookes Publishing); Spelling: Development, Disability, andInstruction (Pro-Ed); Straight Talk About Reading (with Susan Hall,Contemporary Books), and Basic Facts about Dyslexia. 


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