Molly Ness, PhD

  • Doctorate in Reading Education (focus on comprehension instruction)
  • Researcher and Author
  • University Professor 
  • Trained in International Dyslexia Association's Structured Literacy approaches (Preventing Academic Failure, Orton Gillingham) and Words Their Way
  • Former Classroom Teacher
  • Reading Clinician
  • Masters in English Education (focus on writing instruction) 

I am a parent, a former teacher, a reading clinician, a nationally recognized author and researcher, and a professor of reading. I am an associate professor in childhood education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.  I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University.  After teaching in California with Teach For America, I earned a PhD in Reading Education and a Masters in English Education from the University of Virginia.  In 2006, I served as director of the University of Virginia’s McGuffey Reading Center.  I am a prolific researcher and writer; I have written three books and numerous articles in top-tiered educational journals.  I hold over fifteen years of teaching and clinical reading experience. To find out more about my work with schools, districts, and teachers, visit

I am active member of the following professional organizations.