John McNamara, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies




John McNamara, Ph.D.

Professor
CRN - 346
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3835
john.mcnamara@brocku.ca

Dr. McNamara is an educational psychologist interested in studying young children with language and learning disabilities. Currently his research involves working with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara to support children and youth with learning disabilities. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the LDAN. Dr. McNamara also leads his LD Research Team in a number of applied research projects aimed at better understanding reading and reading disabilities.

Dr. McNamara currently teaches CHYS 1F90 – Introduction to Child and Youth Studies, CHYS 2P15 - Principles of Community Service Learning, CHYS 3P20 – Learning Disabilities, and CHYS 3P21 (Spring) – Learning Disabilities Lab.

Research Interests

  • Early identification and prevention of reading problems
  • Neurological and environmental risk and protective factors associated with dyslexia
  • Developmental health of children with reading disabilities

(A representative sample of scholarly achievements)

Scholarly Publications

Holtzheuser, S., McNamara, J., Short, A., (in press). Self-regulation and motivation in children at-risk for learning disabilities, Exceptionalities Education International

Holtzheuser, S., McNamara, J., Short, A., & Keay, C. (2012). Reading Rocks Junior: An exploratory study of an emergent literacy program for children at-risk for learning disabilities. International Journal of Elementary Education, 1 (1), 1-17.

McNamara, J.K., & Scissions, M. (2011). A longitudinal study of kindergarten children at-risk for reading disabilities: The poor really are getting poorer. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44(4), 1-10.

Graham, A., McNamara, J.K., & Van Lankveld, J. (2011). Sustainability of a Family Literacy Program for Vulnerable Learners: A Follow-up Study of an Exploratory Study of a Summer Literacy Program for Kindergarten Children At-risk for Reading Difficulties. Exceptionalities Education International, 21 (1)

Graham, A., McNamara, J.K., & Van Lankveld, J. (2010). Closing the Summer Learning Gap for Vulnerable Learners: An Exploratory Study of a Summer Literacy Program for Kindergarten Children At-risk for Reading Difficulties. Early Child Development and Care, May 2010, (iFirst).

McNamara, J.K., & Willoughby, T. (2010). A longitudinal study of risk taking behaviours in adolescents with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 25 (1, 11-24)

McNamara, J. K., Van Lankveld, J., Vervaeke, S.L., & Gutknecht, N. (2010). A study of preschool children with speech and language delays. Journal of Applied Research on Learning, 3(1).

McNamara, J. K., Vervaeke, S.L., & Van Lankveld, J. (2008). An exploratory study of emergent literacy intervention for preschool children with language impairments. Education Exceptionalities Canada, 18 (1), 9 - 32.

McNamara, J. K., Vervaeke, S.L., & Willoughby, T. (2008). Learning disabilities and risk-taking behavior in adolescents: A comparison of those with and without comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41, 561-574.

Vervaeke, S.L., McNamara, J. K., & Scissons, M. (2007). Kindergarten screening for learning disabilities. Journal of Applied Research on Learning, 1(1), 1-13.

McNamara, J. K. (2006). Human rights of children with learning disabilities: Meeting needs and preventing failure. Education Exceptionalities Canada ,16( 1), 9 - 24.

McNamara, J. K., Willoughby , T., & Chalmers, H. (2005). Psychosocial status of adolescents with learning disabilities with and without comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder . Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 20(4), 234-244.

McNamara, J .K., Willoughby , T., & Chalmers, H. (2005). Risk taking behavior in adolescents with learning disabilities. Thalamus, 23(2), 8-17.

McNamara, J. K., Scissons, M., & Dahlen, J. (2005). A longitudinal study of early identification markers for children at-risk for reading disabilities: The Matthew effect and the challenge of over-identification. Reading Improvement, 42(2), 80 - 96.

McNamara, J. K. (2004). Supporting children with learning disabilities. Brock Education, 14( 1), 72-84.

McNamara, J. K. , Scissons, M., & Siminot, S. (2004). Should we redshirt in kindergarten? A study of the effect of age on kindergarten students' reading readiness. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 50(2), 1-13.

Swanson, H. L., Cooney, J., & McNamara, J. K. (2004). Learning disabilities and memory. In B.Y. L. Wong (Ed.), Understanding Learning and Learning Disabilities, 3 rd ed. San Diego: Academic Press.

McNamara, J. K. , & Wong, B. Y. L. (2003). Memory for everyday information in students with learning disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 36(5), 394-406 .

McNamara, J. K. & Dyck, J. (2003). A cross-section study of children's recall of everyday information. Thalamus, 21 (1), 1-25.

McNamara, J. K. (2003). A prevention model of learning disabilities. Canadian Council for Exceptional Children: Keeping in Touch, Summer , 1-2.

Perry, N., McNamara, J. K. , & Mercer, L. (2002). Policies, practices and procedures in special education . Education Exceptionalities Canada, 11 , 63-89 .

McNamara, J. K. & Wagner, J. (2001). Implicit and explicit awareness of vocabulary rules in the word recognition of students with and without learning disabilities. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 46(1), 57-74.

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & McNamara, J. K. (2000). Models of Classroom Management: Principles, Application and Critical Perspectives, 3rd ed. Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises Ltd.

McNamara, J. K. (1998) Verbal reports of students with and without learning disabilities. Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching, 231-235.

McNamara, J. K. (1996) Self esteem and learning disabled children. Brock Education, 5 (2), 48 - 59.

Dr. John McNamara

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