Tricia Zucker, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Tricia Zucker is an Associate Professor in the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Zucker’s research interests include early identification and prevention of reading disabilities, evidence-based curriculum and instruction, effective use of technology for learning, family- and school-based interventions, and early childhood assessment. She is an expert in early literacy and language development, including development of inferential language skills. Her research focuses on children who are at-risk for learning disabilities.

Dr. Zucker’ works on various projects to create innovative curricula and professional development resources. This includes language and literacy curricula designed to provide a seamless, multi-tiered instruction across pre-k through first grade and other programs designed for toddler-age, childcare providers. Dr. Zucker is currently involved in several randomized-control trials such as an efficacy study of a first grade reading intervention (Reading Rules), funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She is also involved in an IES-funded efficacy study of the impact of face-to-face versus remote coaching for early childhood teachers. In addition, Dr. Zucker works on projects to develop and validate new measures, such as an IES-funded study to develop a Systematic Assessment of Book Reading. She is also serving on the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) project to develop and validate assessments of young children’s science knowledge, writing skills, and other cognitive domains.  

Dr. Zucker’s recently completed projects examined: the language and literacy development of bilingual pre-k students, the effectiveness of a Tier 2 pre-kindergarten mathematics intervention, the role of coaching in professional development, and implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks in classrooms across the state.  

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Tricia Zucker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Tricia Zucker, Ph.D.