Cassidi Richmond

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Cassidi Richmond recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in special education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early education from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, and her master’s degree in multi-categorical special education with a certificate in Autism from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Cassidi participated in the prestigious McNair Scholars Program while studying at Concord University, the only institution in West Virginia to receive the McNair grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded TRIO Program that assists college students in overcoming socioeconomic barriers and prepares them for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Before beginning doctoral studies, she taught in both West Virginia and Virginia public schools. She taught in West Virginia for four years in various positions at the elementary level, including third-grade classroom teacher, first-grade classroom teacher, and Title I Interventionist. In Virginia, she worked as a special education teacher in a collaborative language arts classroom at the middle school level for three years. She completed her doctoral research fellowship in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, working with Dr. Emily Solari as a part of Virginia Is for Leaders: Development of Experts in Evidence-based Literacy (DEEL) Practices for Students with Disabilities training grant. Her research focuses on school-based interventions to support the reading comprehension of adolescents with reading difficulties and disabilities. She is also passionate about working with pre- and in-service practitioners to support their use of evidence-based literacy practices in classrooms. Richmond is involved with Virginia Literacy Partnerships (VLP), working on revisions to the English screener and assisting with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funded Read Well research project.

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