Director, JP Das Centre on Developmental & Learning Disabiliites
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
6-102 Education North
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada
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Research & Interests
I am interested in cognitive, socio-cognitive, and linguistic correlates of both typical and atypical reading development. My current research examines (a) the cognitive, linguistic, and social compensation mechanisms of high-functioning adult dyslexics, (b) linguistic and cognitive correlates of individual differences in reading acquisition from kindergarten to grade 6, (c) linguistic and cognitive correlates of reading acquisition and fluent reading of deaf individuals, and (d) the effect of seductive details in text or pictures on comprehension and retention of central information when reading expository texts. I also have a keen interest in identification and remediation of reading, attention, and problem solving difficulties in children.
Many of the above research projects are collaborative efforts and would not have been possible without financial support from the University of Alberta, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network, and Norwegian Research Council. For more details on the ongoing research projects, please check the “Research” pages.
i) Cognitive, linguistic, and social compensation mechanisms of high-functioning adult dyslexics
ii) Cognitive, linguistic, and social correlates of individual differences in reading acquisition
iii) Development and remediation of different subtypes of developmental dyslexias.
Current PhD Students
- Abdullah Albagiah
- Jennifer Curry
- Laurie Gaboury
- Megan Hebert
- Jane Khaemba
- Sandy Lai
- Holly Stack-Cutler
- Krystle-Lee Turgeon
- Shin-Yi Wang
- Deepani Wijaythilake
I supervise graduate students from Special Education, School Psychology, and Psychological Studies in Education programs. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Das Centre, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a current CV and short description of your research interests and background.