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Dr. Carol McDonald Connor is a Professor of Psychology (Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Science) and a Senior Learning Scientist at the Learning Sciences Institute at ASU. The latter is an interdisciplinary research center. She joined ASU in 2012 and was previously at Florida State University. She continues to be a Distinguished Research Associate at the Florida Center for Reading Reseaerch. She received her Ph.D. at University of Michigan and her BA and MS at Northwestern University. 

Research Interests

Dr. Connor's research focuses on understanding the links between children's language and literacy development. Understanding these links may illuminate reasons for the perplexing difficulties children who are atypical and diverse learners have developing basic and advanced reading skills. Most recently, her research has focused on children's learning in the classroom – from preschool through fifth grade – with particular focus on reading comprehension, executive functiong, and behavioral regulation development, particularly for children living in poverty. Her research lab is housed in LSI and is called the Individualizing Student Instruction (ISI) Lab. The website is 

Research Activity
Fall 2015
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PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
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DCI 791Seminar
Fall 2014
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PSY 541Research Cognitive Development
Fall 2013
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PSY 541Research Cognitive Development