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- Translation of Interdisciplinary Research into Educational and Clinical Practice
- Narrowing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap for Target Groups and Children and Youth Living in Poverty
- Interdisciplinary Frameworks for Cross-Disciplinary Communication and Collaboration: Cognitive Science, Developmental Science, Psycholinguistics, Computer Science, and Neuroscience, Educational Professionals (General and Special Educators, Principals, and School Administrators), Clinical and School Psychology, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and Various Specialties in Medicine
- EdPsy 471a Autumn Quarter - Covers brain systems underlying normal development and academic learning: sensory and motor, language, cognitive, social-emotional, and executive functions for self-regulation alone and in interaction with the physical and social worlds in and out of school.
- EdPsy 571a Winter Quarter – Reviews the history of neural science and its interdisciplinary roots, brain imaging methods and web resources, basic terminology and concepts for microscopic and larger neurological structures, functions, organizing principles and genetic and chemical bases, with focus on application to diagnosis and teaching students with developmental, learning, psychiatric, neurological, and medical disorders.
- EdPsy 472 for undergraduate and 522a for graduate students - Students learn evidence-based guiding principles for designing and implementing instruction with the brain in mind (developing mental worlds through other-regulated and self-regulated interactions with external physical and social environments that are multi-culturally sensitive and support learning that creates reading, writing, and math brains).
- Advanced seminars for Ph.D. students on changing topics
- Professor Berninger is Advisor and Chair Supervisory Committees for Ph.D. students in Learning Sciences and Human Development related to oral and written language development, specific learning disabilities, and biological and cultural variables in learning and teaching. She also serves on committees for doctoral and master students in Learning Sciences and Human Development with a variety of research interests, and on Supervisory Committees of doctoral students in other departments at the University
The University of Washington Interdisciplinary Learning Disabilities Center (Principal Investigator, Virginia W. Berninger) is recruiting students who are typical Oral and Written Language Learners (OWLs) in grades 4 to 9 and students who have specific learning disabilities in handwriting (dysgraphia), word reading and spelling (dyslexia), or putting words together in oral or written language (OWL LD). Please contact Dr. Berninger at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, but please do not send confidential information such as prior assessments over email.
Professor Virginia (Ginger) Berninger is a licensed psychologist and former teacher (general education, special education, and reading specialist) with extensive experience in school-related assessment, consultation, and research. She is currently Professor of Educational Psychology (Learning Sciences and Human Development) at the University of Washington, Learning Disabilities Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Human Development and Disability (2000-present), and the Principal Investigator and Director of the NICHD-funded, University of Washington Multidisciplinary Learning Disability Center and Center for Oral and Written Language Learners (OWLs). Her recent awards recognizing her contributions include the Lifetime Achievement Award, School Neuropsychology Society on July 10, 2013, and the Alan S. Kaufman “Excellence in Assessment Award,” Fordham University, May 10, 2013.
During her 30 years of research on normal reading, writing, and math development and learning disabilities in reading, writing, and math, she has authored, co-authored, or edited over 200 research publications, including 15 books. This includes 167 peer-reviewed articles, 69 book chapters, and 3 invited articles on educational policy. She has authored two tests for assessment-intervention and diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities, and numerous other hard-copy and online publications for dissemination of research to educators and parents, including translation of peer-reviewed research into lessons for teachers.
Current Research Interests
Teaching and Advising
Professor Berninger teaches courses in Learning Sciences and Human Development open to undergraduate students and graduate students throughout the University of Washington on: