Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

Releasing the Potential
Dedicated to Unraveling the puzzle of dyslexia

The Center for Dyslexia is one of MTSU's research centers. The center actively conducts research and supports the translation of research to practice. It is a model for interdisciplinary research dedicated to unraveling the puzzle of dyslexia and reading struggles that impact far too many individuals across Tennessee and our nation.  The Center translates research to practice through the  organization and delivery of professional services to students with dyslexia, to psychologists and teachers who identify and instruct them, and to schools that must orchestrate a broad range of factors that will enable these students to achieve their potential.


The Center is dedicated to the following objectives:

  • Identifying factors that negatively impact reading
  • Identifying instructional approaches that promote reading
  • Informing the public about the condition of dyslexia and related learning differences
  • Establishing reliable approaches to identifying students (K-12) with dyslexia and reading failure
  • Informing teachers (pre-service and in-service) about best practices that promote literacy acquisition among students with dyslexia and others who struggle with reading
  • Enhancing the knowledge base regarding the nature of dyslexia and reading underachievement

Center Services

  • In-service workshops for schools
  • Public workshops for parents and community stakeholders
  • Hosted instructional trainings for educators
  • Regional conferences to raise awareness of dyslexia and causes of reading failure
  • Assistance to parents and educators to aid school based identification of dyslexia and related learning differences
  • Testing services to inform our understanding of dyslexia and related learning differences

Important Events


2018-2019 Dyslexia Success Series 
“Essential Components of Reading Instruction”
The Five Pillars of Reading

September 15, 2018
The Sounds of Language: Phonological Awareness

October 6, 2018
3 Layers of Decoding: Part 1 – Phonemes

November 10, 2018
3 Layers of Decoding: Part 2 – Syllables

December 8, 2018
3 Layers of Decoding: Part 3 – Morphemes

January 26, 2018 
Reading with Accuracy, Automaticity, and Expression

February 23, 2018
Direct Vocabulary Instruction: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing

March 16, 2018
Reading Comprehension Strategies at the Sentence, Paragraph, and Text Level