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Kelly B. Cartwright, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University

Kelly B. Cartwright, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University (CNU) where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive, language, and literacy processes; and directs the Cognition, Language, and Literacy lab. Kelly’s research focuses on the development of skilled reading comprehension and the neurocognitive and affective factors that underlie comprehension processes and difficulties from preschool through adulthood. Her research has been supported by grants from the Virginia State Reading Association and the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Kelly regularly works with teachers in public and private schools throughout the US to better understand and improve comprehension instruction for struggling readers, and these experiences inform her research.

Kelly’s publications support both practitioner and researcher audiences. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals, such as Contemporary Educational Psychology, Early Education and Development, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Research in Reading, and the Reading Teacher. Her most recent books were designed to support practitioners: Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators (2015, Guilford) and Word Callers: Small-Group and One-to-One Interventions for Children who “Read” but Don’t Comprehend (2010, Heinemann); and her 2008 researcher-focused book, Literacy Processes: Cognitive Flexibility in Learning and Teaching (Guilford), was nominated for the Ed Fry book award in 2008.

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