Dr. Peter Afflerbach is Professor of Education at the University of Maryland. Dr. Afflerbach’s research interests include individual differences in reading development, reading assessment, reading comprehension, and the verbal reporting methodology.  Dr. Afflerbach serves on various literacy-related committees affiliated with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the International Literacy Association, the Common Core State Standards, and the National Academy of Sciences He was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2009.

Peter is the author of numerous books, including the recent Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading: Reader, Text, and Context, and Understanding and using reading assessment, K-12, 2nd Ed. (2012).  He is co-editor of the Handbook of Reading Research, 4e (2010), and editor of Essential Readings in Assessment (2010).  He has published in numerous theoretical and practical journals, including Reading Research Quarterly, Cognition and Instruction, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Reading, Journal of Reading Behavior, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Language Arts. Peter recently served as co-editor Metacognition and Learning, and he has served on the editorial advisory boards of Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Educational Researcher.  

Peter is a former elementary school Title One reading teacher, middle school remedial reading and writing teacher, and high school English teacher in the United States.
Ph D The University of Albany NY 1985 Reading/Psychology
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Individual differences in reading and reading development
Verbal reporting/think-aloud methodologies
Reading assessment
Reading comprehension
Personal Interests
Mountain biking
Wine and food
Ultimate Frisbee