Ellen Burns Hurst, Ph.D.

Ellen Burns Hurst, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen Burns Hurst holds a Ph.D. in language and literacy and has spent a career focused on cutting-edge reading interventions in her clinical practice. A true pioneer in the field of dyslexia, Dr. Hurst continues to focus on her passion of changing the reading lives of students through her position as past-president of the International Dyslexia Association of Georgia, as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University, and through frequent research presentations at national and international literacy conferences.

Her research interests include a focus on the struggling reader in global school settings, as well as the social, cultural, and cognitive aspects of learning to read in the local classroom. As an experienced reading specialist in public schools, private school, and private practice, she has a theoretical and pragmatic interest in reading assessment and intervention. Her most current university teaching assignments at Georgia State University focus on assessment in the early childhood classroom for undergraduates, as well as literacy assessment and linguistic components of literacy at the graduate level.

Dr. Hurst is married to Michael Hurst, J.D., an attorney in private practice. They live in Atlanta, GA, where they share their passion for advocacy work for underachieving children.

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