Rick Wagner is the Alfred Binet Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 1985. He previously earned a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from the University of Akron, and before embarking on his research career, he completed a year of internship and two years of experience as a school psychologist. His major area of research interest is the acquisition of complex cognitive knowledge and skills, which he has pursued in two domains. In the domain of reading, his research has focused on the role of reading-related phonological processing abilities in normal and abnormal development of reading skills, and in the prediction, prevention, and remediation of dyslexia. In the domain of human intelligence, his research has focused on the role of practical knowledge and intelligence in intellectual performance manifested outside the classroom setting. His work has addressed a variety of measurement issues and practical considerations involving assessment of constructs in the domains of language, reading, and intelligence.
He has coauthored a test of practical intelligence called the Tacit Knowledge Inventory for Managers, published by the Psychological Corporation, and is coauthor of tests for phonological processing (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processes in Reading) and reading (Test of Word Reading Efficiency) published by PRO-Ed.
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