Marcia Invernizzi
Henderson Professor of Education


  • Reading and literacy

Marcia A. Invernizzi advises masters and doctoral students in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, where she teaches doctoral seminars in reading research, clinical courses in the diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties, and a course in word study. She is the principal investigator of Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative and its statewide assessment program, Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) and the principal investigator of an Institute of Education Sciences grant to develop PALS español. She is a founder of Book Buddies, a nationally recognized one-on-one reading intervention, and her research interests revolve around evidence-based practices for early intervention and assessment in early language and literacy learning. As a co-author of “Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary,” she continues to investigate developmental spelling and its relationship to reading and writing.