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Curriculum vitae
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Steve Graham is the Warner Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. For close to 30 years he has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support reading and learning. In recent years, he has been involved in the development and testing of digital tools for supporting writing and reading through a series of grants from the Institute of Educational Sciences and the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. His research involves typically developing writers and students with special needs in both elementary and secondary schools, with much of it occurring in classrooms in urban schools. 

Steve is the former editor of Exceptional Children and Contemporary Educational Psychology, as well as the current editor of Journal of Writing Research. He is the incoming editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. He is the co-author of the Handbook of Writing Research, Handbook of Learning Disabilities, APA Handbook of Educational Psychology, Writing Better, Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students, and Making the Writing Process Work. He is also the author of three influential Carnegie Corporation reports: Writing Next, Writing to Read, and Informing Writing.

Steve has served as an advisor to a variety of organizations, including UNESCO, National Institute of Health, National Writing Project, and the What Works Clearinghouse. He was the chair of the What Works Clearinghouse guide, Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers, and was a member of the National Research Conference committee on adolescent and adult literacy. He has provided background information for a wide variety of magazine, newspaper, television, and radio reports including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, La Monde, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning News, and NBC Today Show.

In 2001, Steve was elected a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. He is the recipient of career research awards from the Council for Exceptional Children and Special Education Research Interest Group in the American Educational Research Association. He is also an American Educational Research Association Fellow.

Steve is an avid basketball player and fan, reader, intrepid traveler, and movie buff.

Research interest

My primary interest is writing and writing instruction with typically developing students as well as those with special needs. My research focuses on how writing develops, effective methods of teaching writing, digital writing tools, writing assessment, and the use of writing as tool for enhancing learning and reading. I conduct a variety of different types of studies including randomized control trials, quasi-experiments, subject as own control designs, design studies and single subject research to examine the effectiveness of specific writing interventions. I am also involved in survey research as a means to study teacher practices as well as meta-analysis as a tool for examining a variety of questions in writing and education.

Research expertise
  • Academic Achievement
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Writing
J. Lee Weiderholt Distinguished Lecturer Award

Teachers College professor Steve Graham received the J. Lee Weiderholt Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Council for Learning Disabilities for his research contributions in the study of learning disabilities. The award was presented at the Council's 34th Annual Conference on Learding Disabilities, held in Austin, TX, October 10-11, 2012, where Dr. Graham was a featured keynote speaker.

American Educational Research Association Fellow

Recognition for career contributions to educational research.


Associate Editor
Focus on Exceptional Children

Journal of Educational Psychology

Exceptional Children

Journal of Writing Research

Editorial Board
Journal of Learning Disabilities

Guest Editor
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Guest Editor

Series Editor
What Works for Special Needs Learners, book series

Selected publications

Swanson, L., Harris, K. R., & Graham, S. (2013). Handbook of learning disabilities (Second Edition).  NY: Guilford.

Graham, S., MacArthur, C., & Fitzgerald, J. (2013). Best practices in writing instruction (Second Edition). NY: Guilford.

Graham, S., Kiuhara, S., McKeown, D., & Harris, K.R. (2012). A meta-analysis of writing instruction for students in the elementary grades. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 879-896.

Harris, K. R., Graham, S., & Urdan, T. (2012). APA Educational Psychology Handbook  (3 Volumes). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Graham, S., & Hebert, M. (2011). Writing-to-read: A meta-analysis of the impact of writing and writing instruction on reading. Harvard Educational Review, 81, 710-744.