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Master in Special Education
Doctoral Student in Special Education
Research Project Manager
Department of Educational Psychology

Kristy Dunn is a doctoral student in Special Education at the University of Alberta. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Kristy brings valued experience as a literacy and learning specialist to her role as sessional instructor and the Research Project Manager of the Reading Research Laboratory in the Faculty of Educational Psychology.

Kristy’s doctoral research examines the remediation of reading and spelling difficulties of at-risk poor readers (Grades 1-4) through Response to Intervention. As part of this project, Kristy has trained over 85 teachers in the delivery of evidence-based assessment and Tier 2/3 early reading intervention across Alberta school districts. Her dissertation research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Kristy’s other research examines the cognitive profiles and academic performance of students who are Gifted/twice exceptional learners (2e). Her 2016 master’s thesis: Examining the role of PASS cognitive processes in gifted reading performance has led to multiple publications, international conference presentations, media interviews, and awards.

Research Interests

  • Exceptional learners and vulnerable populations
  • Remediation of reading and writing difficulties
  • Response to Intervention
  • Teacher education and development
  • Executive Functioning
  • Giftedness and Intelligence


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