Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture

Watch the Spring 2022 lecture: Translational Science in Reading: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? with featured lecturer Emily J. Solari PhD.


Dr. Emily Solari is a Professor and Coordinator of the Reading Education program in the School of Education and Human Development at University of Virginia. She serves on the executive board of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Learning Disabilities as well as Associate Editor for Journal of Learning Disabilities and Remedial and Special Education and Editor-in-Chief of The Reading League Journal.

Dr. Solari’s scholarship has focused on the prevalence, predictors, and underlying mechanisms that drive reading development with the ultimate goal of developing and testing the efficacy of targeted interventions to prevent and ameliorate reading difficulties. Her work has included intervention development and trials with students who have early profiles of reading difficulties, individuals diagnosed with autism, and English language learners. Her work has been particularly focused on translating the science of reading by engaging with practitioners and policy makers to leverage scientific evidence to improve practice in school settings.


The annual Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture was established by Ms. Gail Ross in memory of her husband, Mr. Robert J. Schwartz, a compassionate and dedicated former member of the Board of Trustees who passed away in 1997. The lecture in his memory seeks to bring experts in the field of reading and reading disabilities to the School each spring. If you are interested in receiving updates about lectures, please sign up for our mailing list here.

Past Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lectures