Lysandra Cook

Lysandra Cook

  • Professor

Office Location

Bavaro Hall 315
PO Box 400763
417 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Lysandra Cook's scholarship interests revolve around the translation of research to practice in special education, including issues related to (a) identification and implementation of evidence-based practices, (b) guidance for pre- and in-service special education teachers to be critical consumers of research, and (c) high-quality teacher preparation.

Prior to returning to higher education, Cook was a middle school special education teacher for six years, three in a residential facility and three in a public school.


Ph.D., Kent State University, 2007
M.Ed., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999
B.A. (Hons.), University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991

Curriculum Vitae

Featured Research

Forty Years of Reading Intervention Research for Elementary Students with or at Risk for Dyslexia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

This study meta-analyzed experimental or quasi-experimental intervention studies conducted between 1980 and 2020 that aimed to improve reading outcomes for Grade K-5 students with or at risk for dyslexia (i.e., students with or at risk for word reading difficulties, defined as scoring at or below a set norm-referenced screening or mean baseline performance threshold).

Effectiveness of Interventions for English Learners with Word Reading Difficulties: A Research Synthesis

This study meta-analyzed the last four decades (1980–2020) of reading intervention research focused on improving reading outcomes for English language (EL) students in Grades K–5 with or at risk for word reading difficulties.

A Replication by Any Other Name: A Systematic Review of Replicative Intervention Studies

We examined whether the 83 intervention studies published in six non-categorical research journals in special education in 2013 and 2014 might be considered replications.