Meet the Staff

How is the Center Organized and Staffed?

The Center, established in 1993, operates as a unit within the College of Education at MTSU. A range of services is offered, including professional development workshops for K-12 school personnel, assessments for students in grades K-12, and progress monitoring. Consultation services are available for parents and school personnel. The Center also supports MTSU graduate programs in school psychology, reading, literacy studies, and special education.

The Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies, a professorship in the College of Education, was established in 1989. The chair builds public awareness concerning dyslexia and promising approaches to diagnosis and intervention; has ongoing involvement in research and professional publications regarding dyslexia; teaches graduate-level courses to enhance the skills of educators, and pursues funding for the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at MTSU.

Professional Staff

Dr. Timothy Odegard, Ph.D.
Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies
Contributes to research investigating the causes of dyslexia and related specific reading disabilities and appropriate educational interventions for individuals with these specific learning disabilities; promotes public awareness about the nature of dyslexia and related specific reading disabilities and about promising approaches to diagnosis and interventions; and guides efforts to enhance the skills of teachers, school psychologists, and parents to more effectively identify and assist dyslexic students and related reading disabilities.    

James L. (Jim) Herman, Ed. D.  
Director, Tennessee Center for Study & Treatment of Dyslexia  
Plans and guides the work of the Center for Dyslexia to achieve its goals and promotes the general growth and evolution of Center services. 

Melinda Hirschmann, Ed.D.
Assistant Director for Education Services & Early Intervention  
Oversees long-term progress of students in school-based programs; addresses early identification and intervention (children ages 5-8); provides consultation and teacher training; and engages in research.

Erin Alexander, Ed.S. NCSP
Assistant Director for Clinical Services
Licensed School Psychologist (TDOE); Coordinator and overseer of assessment services; provides consultation and training services to school personnel; provides training and supervision for students in the School Psychology graduate program at MTSU; engages in research.

Position Vacant
Assistant Director for Adolescent Services

Support Staff

 Executive Aide
Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies

Secretary, Center for Dyslexia

Graduate Assistants, 2015-2016

  • Claire Gardner
  • Morgan Griffith
  • Ashley Mayhew

Web/Technology Assistant - Alex Potts
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