• Director, University of Utah Reading Clinic, College Of Education
  • Director Emeritus, University of Utah Reading Clinic
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology


  • Brown, Kathleen J. & Patrick, Fields, & Craig (2021). Phonological awareness materials in Utah kindergartens: A case study in the science of reading. Reading Research Quarterly. Vol. 56, 249-272. Published, 04/15/2021.

Research Keywords

  • reading intervention
  • Reading Intervention
  • Reading Education


  • Powell-Smith, K., Clemens, N., Burns, M., & Brown, K. (2023, Feb). Advanced Phonemic Awareness and Future Reading Proficiency: Considerations for Assessment and Instruction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Research Conference. San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/02/2023.
  • Tier 2 vs. Tier 3 Reading Intervention: Who Needs What, When, Where and Why. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/09/2018.
  • Longitudinal replication of a Tier II intervention model for struggling readers across all grades. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/10/2018.
  • Decoding and Spelling: Windows into Dyslexia. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/27/2017.
  • Text Wars: An Unnecessary, Wasteful Polemic. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/18/2015.
  • At-Risk Beginning Readers: Implications for Tier II Economies of Scale. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/22/2014.

Research Groups

  • Adriana Pinto, Graduate Student. Department of Educational Psychology. 07/01/2015 - present.
  • Dr. Kelly Robbins, Other. University of Utah Reading Clinic. 07/01/2014 - present.
  • Grace Craig, Graduate Student. Department of Educational Psychology. 08/17/2010 - present.
  • Dr. Matthew Fields, Senior Associate. 07/01/1999 - present.

Software Titles

  • UURC Flash Assessment: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id968535020?mt=8. A speeded measure that provides instructional grade level for students' word recognition automacity. Release Date: 12/15/2015. Inventors: Dr. Matthew K. Fields. Distribution List: Now available on-line, without charge. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id968535020?mt=8.
  • UURC Tracing Board. This interactive and motivating software program allows beginning readers and writers to practice forming letters CORRECTLY! Release Date: 03/16/2015. Inventors: Dr. Matthew K. Fields. Distribution List: Now available on-line at no charge. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uurc-tracing-board/id972404396?mt=8.


  • Spanish, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Botswana
    We are developing a reading intervention internship with an NGO in Botswana.
  • Guatemala
    I traveled in Guatemala for 1 month.
  • Kenya
    I lived and traveled in Kenya for 4 months in 1978.
  • Mexico
    I have lived and traveled extensively in Mexico. I have worked closely with a large, extended local family of undocumented Mexican nationals for the last 15 years.