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BRITTA BRESINA is a doctoral student in educational psychology (special education) at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests focus on improving instructional interventions for students at risk for or with learning disabilities, especially in reading comprehension. She is interested in investigating cognitive correlates of discourse comprehension, primarily the relation between working memory and reading comprehension. Additionally, Britta is interested in educational neuroscience, implementation science, and supporting teachers’ use of data to make instructional decisions. Britta earned a bachelor’s degree in special education learning disabilities and elementary education and completed coursework in emotional & behavioral disorders from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. While there, Britta served on two research teams and worked as a clinician at the university’s interdisciplinary clinic. In addition, Britta, along with a professor, traveled to Scotland to experience Scottish special education practices.

After college, Britta spent 6 years teaching junior high special education in Iowa City, Iowa. As a teacher, Britta was privileged to work with students with learning disabilities and emotional & behavioral disorders. In her most recent year of teaching, she took on the leadership role of Instructional Design Strategist, working in a collaborative coaching relationship with both general and special education teachers. In this role, Britta helped develop and provide a variety of personal professional development and supported teachers to use data to drive instructional decisions focused on increasing student achievement. Britta also served on many building and district level leadership teams as well as coached junior high volleyball and track & field. Britta enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, being outdoors, reading, crafting, and spending time with her husband, Jace.