Franklin  Manis

Franklin Manis

Professor of Psychology and Education

Ph.D. Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1/1981

B.A. Psychology, Pomona College, 1975

Contact info

manis@usc.eduPhone: 213-740-6567SGM-525A

Expertise

Expert in dyslexia and children’s cognitive development

Franklin Manis

 

Frank Manis is Professor of Psychology and Director of Undergraduate Studies at USC. The major focus of his research has been on the identification of differences in cognitive profiles among children with reading difficulties. His work focuses on the cognitive, psycholinguistic and neurobiological bases of reading in children and adults, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and development of literacy in a second language.

Recent projects include an investigation of brain activity in the occipito-temporal junction (or visual word form area) in dyslexic and non-dyslexic adults, experiments on the perception of noise in visual and auditory stimuli, a fluency-based intervention for middle schoolers with persistent reading problems, and an investigation of the association between print exposure, reading skill and cortical thickness in skilled readers. He is also continuing analyses and publication of results from a nine-year longitudinal study of Spanish-speaking children learning to read.

He has published about 60 articles on reading disabilities, development of literacy in both the primary and secondary language and cognitive functioning in special populations of children. He reviews for several journals in the field, including Scientific Studies of Reading, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Experience

Research:

My work focuses on the cognitive, psycholinguistic and neurobiological bases of reading in children and adults, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and development of literacy in a second language. Recent projects include an investigation of brain activity in the occipito-temporal junction (or visual word form area) in dyslexic and non-dyslexic adults (with Zhong-Lin Lu, and graduate students Jennifer Bruno, Allison Zumberge and Jason Goldman), experiments on the perception of noise in visual and auditory stimuli (with Lu, and graduate student Rachel Beattie), a fluency-based intervention for middle schoolers with persistent reading problems (with Sally Spencer, Ed.D, 2008), and an investigation of the association between print exposure, reading skill and cortical thickness in skilled readers (with Jason Goldman, M.A., USC). I am also continuing analyses and publication of results from a 9-year longitudinal study of Spanish-speaking children learning to read, in collaboration with Kim Lindsey (Ph.D., 2002, USC) and Jonathan Nakamoto, Ph.D., 2009, USC).

Professional Experience:

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Scientific Studies of Reading, 2010-2011  
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2007-2010 
  • Editor, Scientific Studies of Reading, 2003-2007  

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science, 2007-2011 
  • International Dyslexia Association, 2007-2011
  • Society for Research in Child Development, 2007-2011 
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, 2007-2011  

Honors and Awards:

USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, Faculty Fellow, 9/1/2006-8/31/2009  

Contracts/Grants:

  • Literacy Development In English Language Learners (Nat Inst of Child Health and Human Dev (NICHHD)), Lindsey, Kim Abkarian, Manis, Franklin R, $1,080,353, 05/01/2003-04/30/2009 
  • Bases Of Normal And Disordered Reading (Nat Inst of Child Health and Human Dev (NICHHD)), Manis, Franklin R, $1,742,626, 04/01/2002-03/31/2009 
  • Perceptual, Linguistic and Computational Bases of Dyslexia (NIH-NICHHD), Franklin Manis, $372,000, 02/01/1996-11/30/2000

Selected Publications

  • Reid, G., Fawcett, A. J., Manis, F. R., Siegel, L. S. (2008). The Sage Handbook of Dyslexia. (Reid, G., Fawcett, A. J., Manis, F. R., Siegel, L. S., Ed.). London: Sage Publications Ltd.
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