Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in cognitive psychology and developmental psychology and is internationally regarded for her research and applied work in the area of cognition and education. Recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Sylvia Scribner Award for outstanding research, Dr. Adams's contributions include the landmark book, Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print (MIT Press). She is cited in the 2000 Politics of Education Yearbook as one of the five most influential people in the national reading policy arena.
Active in efforts to translate research to practice, Dr. Adams chaired the Planning Committee and was a member of the Study Committee for the National Academy of Science’s report, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. She was Vice President of the American Educational Research Association, 1996—1998, and has served on a number of national advisory boards, including the Society for Scientific Studies of Reading, the International Dyslexia Association, the Schwab Foundation’s Teach Each awards for outstanding teachers, and the College Board’s Advisory Committee for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Adams is serving on the Steering Committee for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress in Reading and is developing the Vocabulary Assessment module for the forthcoming National Assessment of Adult Literacy.
On the applied side, Dr. Adams is Senior Literacy Advisor for Instruction for PBS's “Between the Lions,” as well as senior author of “Fox in a Box,” an award-winning, standards-based literacy assessment kit. Dr. Adams has also written/designed three empirically proven instructional programs: on thinking skills for middle school students, on reading and writing for elementary school students, and on linguistic awareness for emergent readers and special needs students. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Department at Brown University, and Adjunct Professor at Stavanger College, Norway.