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Virginia Berninger, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Psychology
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
vwb@uw.edu
206-616-6372
University of Washington
Box 353600
Seattle, WA 98195-3600

Dr. Berninger

Dr. Berninger's research focuses on nature-nurture interactions in learning to read and write. She studies the phenotypes of functional reading and writing systems and related aural/oral language and non-language processes in typically developing language learners and students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD) in grades 4 to 9. A unique feature of this research is differentiating developmental profiles, instructional profiles, and phenotype profiles related to genetic and brain variables. Students receive computerized instruction and their response to instruction is monitored. Biological (genetic and brain) and behavioral (cognitive, linguistic, sensori-motor, working memory, attention/executive functions, social-emotional, and motivational) variables that predict response to intervention are being investigated. This research draws on over 3 decades of research cross-sectional, longitudinal, instructional, and biological (family genetics and brain imaging) research.


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