Emily Solari

Professor of Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

Emily Solari is a Professor of Reading Education in the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Special Education. She received her PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara in Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk Studies with an emphasis in Human Development.  Previous to UVA, she was an associate professor at University of California Davis where she held faculty appointments in the School of Education and the MIND Institute. Dr. Solari’s research focuses on better understanding reading development in subgroups of learners who are at-risk for reading failure and those identified with reading disabilities, with the goal of developing and implementing evidence-based language and reading interventions in school and clinical settings.  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. Currently, Dr. Solari is the PI of an Institute of Education Sciences funded randomized control trial investigating the initial efficacy of a reading intervention program developed for struggling first grade readers and implemented by classroom teachers. She also serves as the PI of a Postdoctoral training grant, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, aimed at training fellows who engage in work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders in school settings. Dr. Solari’s research has been funded from different federal sources including the US Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves on the executive board of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Learning Disabilities and as Associate Editor for Journal of Learning Disabilities and Remedial and Special Education.