Dr. Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. After a first job as a neuropsychology technician, she became a teacher of students with learning and reading difficulties, earning her Master’s degree at Peabody College of Vanderbilt. Later, after realizing how little she understood about teaching, she earned a doctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Moats spent the next fifteen years in private practice as a licensed psychologist in Vermont, specializing in evaluation and consultation with 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 expert for the California Reading Initiative; four years as site director of the NICHD Early Interventions Project in Washington, DC; and ten years as research advisor and consultant with Sopris Learning.
Dr. Moats was recently a contributing writer of the CommonCore State Standards. In addition to the LETRSprofessional development series, 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.