Conducting original research has always been a central part of the Center for Learning mission. In addition to contributing to the field of psychology, the results of this research contribute toward modifying and creating new interventions for children with varying learning styles. The Center for Learning is proud to have conducted a number of original research projects in conjunction with James Swanson, Ph.D., a founder of the U.C. Irvine Child Development and an internationally recognized researcher. In addition, the Center for Learning has partnered with teachers, administrator, and school districts (such as Irvine Unified School District) in order to bring the various research initiatives into fruition.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology
October 29, 2010. New York, New York

Our research project, “The Role of ADHD in Academic Fluency: A Follow-up Study”, presented data on the negative effects of ADHD symptoms on academic fluency in children. Academic fluency (performing academic tasks quickly and accurately) is a crucial component of academic success. Our team included some of the most esteemed researchers in the field.

We were honored to have Dr. James Swanson, an internationally recognized expert on ADHD and principal investigator for the National Children’s Study project, join our team. The National Children’s study is tasked with identifying 100,000 children to be followed their developmental course from birth through the age of 21 years. Also, the participation of Dr. Tim Wigal, Dr. Sabrina Schuck, and Annamarie Stehli, M.P.H., who have all made important contributions with their continuing work at the UC Irvine Child Development Center, was invaluable in the success of our current research project.

October 29, 2008. Chicago, IL

Research on the predictive power of a new rating scale item designed to detect limitations in fluency. Shirin Ansari, Ph.D., Gregory Koch, Ph.D., James Swanson, Ph.D.

October 25, 2006. San Diego, CA

Examined the link between fluency (a type of processing speed) and ADHD. Shirin Ansari, Ph.D., Gregory Koch, Ph.D.

October 21, 2005. Toronto, Canada

Research on the role of factors other than phonemic awareness in reading acquisition. Shirin Ansari, Ph.D., Gregory Koch, Ph.D.

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