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Jeffrey Gilger

Department of Educational Studies


My current research projects include the neurology/genetics of the gifted-learning disabled individual, the use of virtual reality for spatial skills analysis, and a multi-site project on the efficacy of reading remediation programs in not-for-profit clinics.


Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • President and Program Co-Chair
    AERA SIG Brain, Neurosciences and Education
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member
    The Dyslexia Foundation
  • Scientific Advisor
    Dyslexicdreams Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member
    International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)
  • Board Member
    Research Committee of the Alliance For Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc.
  • Professional Advisory Committee
    Scottish Rite Masons
  • Scientific Peer Review/Advisory Board
    Scottish Rite Masons Learning Centers for Children
  • Task Force on Talents in Dyslexics, International Dyslexia Association
  • Journal Editorial boards
    - Annals of Dyslexia
    - Journal of Applied School Psychology
    - Developmental Neuropsychology
    - Dyslexia


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987, Developmental Psychology/Behavioral Genetics
M.A. Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, 1984, Experimental Psychology/Personality
M.S. California State University, Hayward, 1982, Clinical Child/School Psychology, Pupil Personnel and California School Psychologist Credentials
B.A. Clifornia State University, Hayward, 1980, Psychology/Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Selected Publications

  1. Craggs, J., Sanchez, J., Kibby, M., Gilger, J., & Hynd, G. (2006). Brain morphological and neuropsychological profiles of a family displaying superior nonverbal intelligence and dyslexia. Cortex , 42, 1107-1118.

  2. Hartman, N.W., Connolly, P.E., Gilger, J.W., & Bertoline, G.R. (2006). Developing a virtual reality-based spatial visualization assessment instrument. Presentation Proceeding of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 18-21, 2006. See:

  3. Smith, S.D. & Gilger, J.W. (2007). Dyslexia and other language/learning disorders. In Rimoin, Conner, Pyeritz & Korf (Eds.; 5th edition), Emory and Rimoin's Principles and Practices in Medical Genetics. Livingstone Churchill: NY. Pps 2548-2569.

  4. Gilger, J. & Wilkins, M. (2008). Atypical Neurodevelopmental Variation as a Basis for Learning Disorders. In M. Mody & E. Silliman (Eds.), Language Impairment and Reading Disability: Interactions Among Brain, Behavior, and Experience. (Series on Challenges in Language and Literacy). Guilford Press.


2004-Present Associate Dean for Discover & Faculty Development, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2001-2004  Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, Purdue University,  West Lafayette,and Professor & Chair, Department of Child Development, California State University, Los Angeles
1996-2001 Director, Multidisciplinary Human Biology Program, Departments of Biology, Communications Sciences & Disorders, Anthropology, Psychology and Human Development, University of Kansas
1994-2001 Adjunct, Courtesy or Regular Faculty, Department of Speech-Language Hearing Scienes and Disorders, Department of Biology, Department of Psychology, Life Span Institute, Genetics Program, Gerontology Program, Child Language Program, Neuroscience Program, University of Kansas
1992-1994 Research Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences & VA Medical Center Neuropsychiatry Lab
1990-1992 Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Denver
1989-1990 Fellowship in Developmental Psychobiology, University of Colorado and University of Denver, Departments of Psychiatry & Psychology.
1987-1989 Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Medical School
1987-1989 Psychologist, Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa General Hospital
1980-1982 School Psychologist, Castro Valley Unified School District, CA
1980-1982 Intern Counselor, Psychological Services Center, California State University, Hayward


EDPS 363 Psychological Medical and Physical Aspects of Disabilities
EDPS 491 Topics and Issues in Special Education
EDPS 664 Seminar in Special Education (D.I.M.E.S.)