Elizabeth (Liz) Stevens, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences at Georgia State University. Before joining the faculty at Georgia State, she was a research assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she directed several randomized control trials examining effective interventions to improve the literacy outcomes of students with reading difficulties and disabilities.
Liz received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in special education from the College of William and Mary, and an education specialist degree in reading from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she taught special education for nine years in Virginia.
Liz is currently co-principal investigator (Co-PI) of a four-year Institute for Education Sciences Development and Innovation grant, which aims to develop and test a professional development model for middle school teachers on using evidence-based literacy practices during content-area instruction. Liz has published in high-impact journals including the Scientific Studies of Reading, Exceptional Children, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, Learning Disability Quarterly, Reading and Writing, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Liz’s research interests include designing and testing reading intervention for students with reading difficulties, with particular emphasis on reading comprehension practices and aligning instruction across tiers 1 and 2. She is also interested in the role of vocabulary and language in the word-problem-solving performance of students with mathematics difficulty. In addition to this work, Liz provides statewide literacy professional development for educators across the United States on a range of topics, including evidence-based reading practices for struggling learners, intensive interventions, and teaching reading comprehension to students with learning difficulties.