Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
- BSc University of Toronto
- MA University of Toronto
- PhD University of Toronto
My research focuses on reading ability and disability, but also encompasses wider issues of learning disability as well. Within reading, my research is currently particularly concerned with fluency, and am beginning a research program looking at fluency in music reading. I am also part of a project looking at assessment issues for inquiry in education.
Primary Area: Cognitive Psychology, focussing particularly on the processes underlying reading acquisition and the causes and characterisation of Reading Disability. The study of the task of reading and the development of the processes which support its initial acquisition, such as phonological awareness, leads one naturally to the study of what happens when those processes fail. Reading Disability is one of the most common causes of educational failure and can have serious consequences for the further cognitive and affective development of afflicted individuals. It is also a common accompanying factor in many other disabilities, for instance, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Current Research Grants
FQRSC, "L’identification et l’évaluation des résultats de la participation dans l’apprentissage et l’enseignement basés sur l’enquête: Lancer les passerelles entre la recherche et la pratique."
MCGILL INTERNAL SSHRC,"Novel Analyses of Relationships between Rapid Automatised Naming and other Reading-Related Processes"
I try to involve all members of my lab in real research. We work together on group projects and individually on thesis dissertation projects. I try to support but allow each student to take as much responsibility as possible.