Melinda Marie Leko, PhD

School of Education - Special Education
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Florida
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Melinda Leko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education. Her research centers on high-incidence disabilities, reading instruction, and special education teacher quality. Currently she is interested in better understanding how to prepare secondary teachers to deliver high quality basic reading instruction to adolescents with disabilities, particularly in inclusive classrooms. She is also interested in understanding issues of teachers' implementation of interventions. She earned her PhD at the University of Florida and worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to becoming a faculty member at KU.Dr. Leko serves on the editorial boards for Remedial and Special Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and Intervention in School and Clinic. She served as co-editor for the special issue of Remedial and Special Education on qualitative research in special education (Volume 35 Numbers 5-6).


Ph.D., Special Education, University of Florida

M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Florida

B.A., Criminology, University of Florida

B.S., Psychology, University of Florida

Teaching Interests

  • Reading instruction
  • High-incidence disabilities
  • Literacy instruction
  • Literacy interventions
  • Teacher education

Research Interests

  • Reading Instruction for Secondary Students with Disabilities
  • Secondary Special Education Teacher Education
  • Special Education Teacher Quality
  • Inclusive Education

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