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George K. Georgiou, PhD

Director, Reading Research Lab
Department of Educational Psychology
5-143 Education North
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada
T6G 2G5

(780) 492-8247
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Research & Interests

Dr. Georgiou is the Director of Reading Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor in Special Education. He is interested in two dimensions of literacy acquisition: (a) the factors (cognitive and non–cognitive) that facilitate or impede reading and spelling acquisition across languages, and (b) the diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties in elementary school children. His primary area of research concerns the role of rapid automatized naming (RAN) on reading ability and the mechanisms that are responsible for the RAN–reading relationship. In addition, he has a keen interest in distal cognitive processing skills, such as simultaneous and successive processing. To examine his research questions, he have employed a variety of research designs, collected longitudinal and cross-sectional data, and used single– and multi–language samples.

Many of the projects he is involved are conducted in collaboration with a group of colleagues in Greece, Finland, Cyprus, China, and Canada. Georgiou’s research has been funded by grants within the University of Alberta and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Research Projects

i) Why is rapid naming speed related to reading ability? Contrasting different theoretical accounts

ii) Speed of processing: Links to cognitive processes and reading across languages

iii) Working memory and reading comprehension in university students

iv) Literacy acquisition across languages


Graduate Students

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