Devin Kearns, PhD

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Kearns researches reading disability in elementary- and middle school-age children. His early-literacy work focuses on how to improve polysyllabic word reading instruction for students with and at-risk for dyslexia and other reading disabilities, including studies to develop and test new curricula and to examine how instruction changes patterns of brain activation. He currently has an internal UConn grant to study the effects of different types of interventions on the patterns of cortical activation in third graders with reading problems. His middle-school work focused on helping teachers provide students with reading disabilities with effective reading comprehension instruction—especially in co-taught inclusion classrooms. He currently has–with colleagues at the University of Maryland and Vanderbilt University–an IES Goal 2 project to design professional development for this environment.


Ph.D., Special Education. (2010).
Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education and Human Development Nashville, TN.
M.A., Elementary Literacy and Language Arts. (2004).
Loyola Marymount University, School of Education. Los Angeles, CA.
B.A., History and Government, cum laude. (1998).
Georgetown University, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressEducational Psychology Department
249 Glenbrook Rd
Unit 3064
Storrs, CT 06269-3064