Colby Hall

Assistant Professor of Reading Education


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2007
  • M.Phil., Trinity College, University of Dublin, 2004
  • A.B., Harvard College, Harvard University, 2002

Colby Hall is an Assistant Professor of Reading Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at the UVA School of Education and Human Development. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Hall’s research focuses on reading development, assessment, and instruction. She has played a primary role in the development and testing of various reading instructional interventions for elementary and middle school students with or at risk for reading difficulties. Her research interests include instruction in foundational reading skills for elementary-grade students with or at risk for reading difficulties; inference instruction as a means of improving reading comprehension; instruction for English learners with reading difficulties; reading instruction in content-area classrooms; and technology-delivered reading instruction. Professor Hall is currently Co-PI of an Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded project that aims to further develop the Reading RULES for Kindergarten (RRK) small-group literacy intervention program, which targets alphabet knowledge, phonics knowledge, word reading, spelling, vocabulary knowledge, text reading, handwriting, and composition skill.