Barnes is the Manuel J. Justiz Endowed Chair in Math, Science, and Technology in Teacher Education and a professor in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Diversity program in the UT Austin Department of Special Education. Her research interests include typical and atypical development of reading comprehension and mathematics.
Cawthon is the director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute at MCPER. She is an associate professor in the UT Austin Department of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include education for individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, assessment, accommodations, modifications, policy, access, research design, constructivist learning, drama-based instruction, mediators of student achievement, best practices in professional development, underserved populations, action research, multilevel modeling as a way to measure test equity, cross-disciplinary partnerships, and graduate student research and development.