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Charles Haynes, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
(617) 724-6311

Dr. Haynes is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. While at the Landmark School in the 80’s and 90’s, he helped to pioneer language-based curricula for children with dyslexia and expressive language impairments.   He received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education under Dr. Jeanne Chall, and has longstanding interests in early diagnosis of dyslexia in different languages as well as in effective strategies for diagnosing and treating reading and writing difficulties.  In 2014, he was the recipient of the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of dyslexia.  Dr. Haynes has been PI or Co-PI on many studies in the United States, the Middle East, and Brazil, and has authored numerous theoretical and practical studies of spoken-written language relationships.

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Susan Lambrecht Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
(617) 724-6397

Dr. Lambrecht Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH-IHP.  Dr. Lambrecht Smith is  Developmental Psychologist and Speech-Language Pathologist, who received her Ph.D. at University of Connecticut. In her 11 years in higher education, Dr.Lambrecht Smith has taught courses in early language development and disorders, speech sound disorders and reading development and disorders.  Her early research focused on the intersection of family risk and speech-language development in children with dyslexia. Her current research interest focuses on the developmental trajectory of reading disorders from early childhood to adolescence and the cognitive and linguistic predictors of response to writing intervention.


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Dr. Lesley Laud, Ed.D. (

Dr. Leslie Laud (M.A., special education, Ed. D., curriculum & teaching, both from Teachers College, Columbia University) has studied data informed decision making, structured language instruction (Orton-Gillingham) and self-regulated strategy development for writing. In her 30-year teaching career, she worked as a special educator, learning specialist then staff developer, focused on structured writing instruction. She has also worked with Dr. Charles Haynes at Mass General Hospital’s reading specialist’s program on structured writing instruction. She also taught graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University and at Mass General Hospital.  She publishes studies in peer-reviewed journals and presents often on how progress monitoring can inform writing instruction. She now consults in schools, districts and states to support scaling structured language instruction for writing. 

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