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Learning Disabilities - Lecture Series

8th Annual Helen Piehl Distinguished Lecture

HPDL Channel 10


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Continuing Education Units are being offered.
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Friday, October 12  1-4:30pm

Building Blocks of Reading:
An Overview of the Component Processes that Allow for the
Comprehension of Written Language

Saturday , October 13  9am-12:30pm

Parent to Parent:  What Every Parent Should Know


NEW! Breakout Sessions on Both Days:

Beyond Phonemes: The Whys and Hows of Morpheme Instruction

Behavior Management-  How Can I Help my Student/Child

Early  Language Development & Early Intervention



About the Speaker:


Timothy N. Odegard, PhD, CALP


Chairholder, Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies
Professor of Psychology
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia


Tim Odegard Timothy Odegard is a Professor of Psychology and holds the Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at MTSU.  He received a B.A. degree from Hendrix College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.  During his postdoctoral fellowship, he completed a two year dyslexia specialist training program at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas, becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and a licensed Dyslexia Teacher in Texas.  He has taught undergraduate courses in Psychology at the University of Texas, Arlington and the University of Arkansas and graduate courses at the University of Texas, Arlington, serving on advisory committees and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. He has mentored McNair scholars, LSAMP scholars, and supervised numerous undergraduate honors theses.  Many of the undergraduate students he mentored received local, regional and national honors for their achievements.  He has also held faculty appointments with the University of Texas, Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  He joined the MTSU faculty in 2015 after serving as Director of Research and Evaluation for Wilson Language Training Corporation for three years.

Dr. Odegard is a Developmental Cognitive Psychologist whose research focuses on memory and language, incorporating experimental methods and neuroimaging to understand the development of these aspects of human cognition.  His research in the area of reading strives to identify factors that predict the response of individuals with dyslexia and related specific reading disabilities to intensive interventions and leverage this information to improve intervention efforts to meet the needs of these individuals.  He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense for his research.  Notably, he received the Roland H. Waters Teaching Award from the University of Arkansas, Research Excellence Award from the University of Texas, Arlington, and the Innovator Award from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.  Dr. Odegard regularly publishes peer reviewed research articles, most recently in Developmental Neuropsychology, and Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 

Dr. Odegard serves on state and national committees and boards in the area of dyslexia and specific reading disability. He is a member of the Academic Language Therapist Association, International Dyslexia Association, and a fellow of the Psychonomics Society. He regularly speaks on topics related to dyslexia and specific reading disability for local, state and national groups. 


Questions? Please contact: Tammye Jackson at tjackson@wtamu.edu