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Donald J. Bolger

Associate Professor

College of Education


Brain and Behavior

Child Development



Language Proficiency


Donald J. Bolger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and was trained as a post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience at Northwestern University.

The main focus of Dr. Bolger’s research is studying how the brain learns to read and the cognitive and neural bases of reading, language ability and disability. His research focuses on these key issues in reading, from neurobiological, cognitive, developmental and educational perspectives. His research has extended across multiple populations including Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and children in poverty. Bolger’s work combines innovative and complex methodologies including MRI, event-related potentials (ERP), and classroom based studies to understand development and learning.

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