Linnea C. Ehri is Distinguished Professor on the faculty of the Ph.D. programs in Educational Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of APA, Division 15. Dr. Ehri consults for Scholastic on Sound and Letter Time.
She has served on editorial boards of nine scientific journals. She has published over 100 research papers and edited two books. Her studies have contributed to our understanding of psychological processes and sources of difficulty in learning to read and spell. Her studies underscore the importance of beginning readers acquiring knowledge of the alphabetic writing system. One major finding is that readers use their knowledge of grapheme-phoneme connections to retain sight words in memory. She also has found that learning the spellings of words influences readers’ conception of sounds in the words and helps them learn and remember new vocabulary words.
She has received awards for distinguished research from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), American Educational Research Association, International Reading Association, and National Reading Conference. She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, and past president of SSSR. She was a member of the National Reading Panel that was established by the U.S. Congress to evaluate evidence indicating effective methods of teaching reading. On this panel she chaired the committee that reviewed research on phonemic awareness instruction and systematic phonics instruction and found that both were very effective methods.
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