Richard K. Wagner Ph.D.
Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research Department of Psychology, Florida State University
Dr. Richard Wagner, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and the W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair at Florida State University, has focused his research on dyslexia and the normal acquisition of reading. He helped to coin the term ‘phonological processing’ with his paper, “The Nature of Phonological Processing and its Causal Relations with Reading,” to describe related work on phonological awareness, phonological memory, and rapid naming that had previously been viewed as three separate domains of research. Most notably, dismayed by the lack of knowledge and tools available to school psychologists and professionals to help with evaluation of children with dyslexia and other learning differences, Dr. Wagner worked to develop the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2), the Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2), and the Test of Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL).