Lenox M. Reed Seminar

Tim Odegard, Ph.D.,
Psychology faculty and Chair of Excellence in Dyslexia

The Lenox M. Reed Seminar is an in-person educational event that is free for educators. Each year, participants hear from a distinguished expert in the field of education and literacy while earning Continuing Education Units (CEU). The 2024 seminar was held Monday, April 22, 2024, at The Junior League of Houston, Inc. In addition to this year’s keynote speaker, Tim Odegard, Ph.D., Neuhaus will honor its Dyslexia Specialist Preparation Program (DSPP) and Online Certification Program for Dyslexia Specialists (OCPDS) graduates.

About the Speaker

Tim Odegard, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and holds the Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He also leads the efforts of the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Dyslexia. Before joining the faculty at MTSU, Tim served on the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In addition to being a research scientist, Tim is a reading therapist, having completed a two-year dyslexia specialist training program at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas during his NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship.

Seminar Topic
Deciphering Dyslexia: Making the Complex Accessible

In this presentation, we will be discussing dyslexia, a condition that significantly impacts the development of written language. We will explore the behaviors associated with dyslexia, which are closely linked to language development. Our goal is to move past older views of dyslexia as a rigid neurobiological deficit and embrace a contemporary model that recognizes the probabilistic nature of dyslexia. This approach will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic factors and break through barriers to recognizing and supporting far more children and adults.