Lindsay Clare Matsumura

Lindsay Clare Matsumura is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She is also a Professor in the School of Education’s Learning Sciences and Policy program and is a Senior Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC).

Her research centers on dialogic reading instruction and analytic text-based writing, with a specific focus on technology-based interventions. With partners at the Institute for Learning and LRDC, her recent projects include developing and studying the effect of a web-based literacy-coaching program (Online Content-Focused Coaching) on students’ reading skills. She is especially interested in the relationship between coach-teacher reflection on video artifacts and change over time in the quality of classroom text discussions. A second strand of her research, conducted with colleagues at LRDC, focuses on developing an automated writing evaluation system (eRevise) to improve students’ use of text evidence in argument writing. She is especially interested in understanding the relationship between classroom writing instruction and students’ revision behavior in the eRevise system.  Her research has been supported by grants from the Institute for Education Sciences, the Spencer Foundation, and the McDonnell Family Foundation.  

Dr. Matsumura joined the faculty at the School of Education in 2006. Prior to that, she was a Senior Researcher at the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA. She received degrees in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz and UCLA, and a PhD in Developmental Studies from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.