Associate Professor, Brock University
Jan Frijters, PhD is a Developmental Psychologist who specializes in reading disability, motivation, and statistical methods for evaluating intervention outcomes. With over 20 years of experience in implementing and evaluating reading interventions for the most severely disabled readers, his primary concern is understanding the reasons why children respond differentially to those interventions. His statistical expertise focuses on techniques such as multilevel modeling, person-centered, and structural equation modeling approaches that can help sort out how developmental processes unfold over time and within specific learning contexts. Several large collaborative projects are underway with collaborators in Beijing and Xi’an China, the University of Stavanger in Norway, Yale University and Georgia State University in the US. These ongoing studies focus on the most severely challenged children, adolescents and adults: providing and evaluating intervention, examining the genetic and brain basis for reading difficulties, and examining how neuropsychological characteristics interact with these factors.
Today, Jan’s work is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Manton Foundation. He was recently was awarded the Albert J. Harris Research Award from the International Reading Association.