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Frank Manis

Professor of Psychology and Education

Contact Information
E-mail: manis@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-6567
Office: SGM 525A

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Biographical Sketch

Professor Frank Manis is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he is currently serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies. He has published about 60 articles on reading disabilities, development of literacy in both the primary and secondary language and cognitive functioning in special populations of children. The major focus of his research has been on the identification of differences in cognitive profiles among children with reading difficulties. He reviews for several journals in the field, including Scientific Studies of Reading, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology and Developmental Psychology.
 

Education

Ph.D. Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1/1981
B.A. Psychology, Pomona College, 1975
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Assistant to Full Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1981-  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My work focuses on the cognitive, psycholinguistic and neurobiological bases of reading in children and adults, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and development of literacy in a second language. Recent projects include an investigation of brain activity in the occipito-temporal junction (or visual word form area) in dyslexic and non-dyslexic adults (with Zhong-Lin Lu, and graduate students Jennifer Bruno, Allison Zumberge and Jason Goldman), experiments on the perception of noise in visual and auditory stimuli (with Lu, and graduate student Rachel Beattie), a fluency-based intervention for middle schoolers with persistent reading problems (with Sally Spencer, Ed.D, 2008), and an investigation of the association between print exposure, reading skill and cortical thickness in skilled readers (with Jason Goldman, M.A., USC). I am also continuing analyses and publication of results from a 9-year longitudinal study of Spanish-speaking children learning to read, in collaboration with Kim Lindsey (Ph.D., 2002, USC) and Jonathan Nakamoto, Ph.D., 2009, USC).
 

Research Keywords

reading, cognitive development, dyslexia, learning disabilities, bilingual reading development, brain imaging
 

Research Specialties

reading development, dyslexia, learning disabilities, bilingual reading development, cognitive development in children
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Literacy Development In English Language Learners (Nat Inst of Child Health and Human Dev (NICHHD)), Lindsey, Kim Abkarian, Manis, Franklin R, $1,080,353, 05/01/2003-04/30/2009  
Bases Of Normal And Disordered Reading (Nat Inst of Child Health and Human Dev (NICHHD)), Manis, Franklin R, $1,742,626, 04/01/2002-03/31/2009  
Perceptual, Linguistic and Computational Bases of Dyslexia (NIH-NICHHD), Franklin Manis, $372,000, 02/01/1996-11/30/2000  
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Dropping the perceptual anchor hypothesis: Support for the noise exclusion hypothesis of dyslexia", Association for Psychological Science, Poster, Boston, MA, 2009-2010   
"Phonological activation in Chinese word reading: Evidence from the perspective of phonetically-informed phonology. ", Research in Reading Chinese and Related Languages, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Toronto, Canada, 2009-2010   
"Phonological activation in meaning access for Chinese word reading: Evidence from the perspective of phonetically-informed phonology. ", Association for Psychological Science, Poster, Boston, MA, 2009-2010   
"The introductory psychology 'mini-course': A new strategy for organizing discussion sections. ", Association for Psychological Science, Poster, Boston, MA, 2009-2010   
"Cognitive bases of reading disability in Spanish-English bilingual children.", Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Poster, Refereed Asheville, North Carolina, 2008-2009  
"Contribution of early reading skill and language exposure to comprehension in English language learners", Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Poster, Refereed Boston, MA, 2008-2009  
"Relationships among cortical thickness, reading skill and print exposure in adult readers", Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Poster, Refereed Boston, MA, 2008-2009  
"Teaching and learning about the whole child", Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute, Talk/Oral Presentation, Denver, CO, Invited, 2008-2009  
"fMRI activation patterns predict reading ability in adults with and without developmental dyslexia", Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Poster, Refereed San Francisco, 2008-2009  
"Cognitive bases of reading disability in Spanish-English bilingual children", Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Poster, Refereed Asheville, NC, 2007-2008   
"fMRI activation patterns predict reading ability in adults with and without developmental dyslexia", Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Poster, Refereed San Francisco, CA, 2007-2008   
 

Other Presentations

"Development of English language learners’ word decoding and reading comprehension from first through ninth grade", Biennial Meeting, Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada, 2010-2011   
"The relationship between prosodic perception, phonological awareness, and vocabulary in emergent literacy ", Annual Meeting, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, St. Petersberg, Florida, 2010-2011   
 

Publications

Book

Reid, G., Fawcett, A. J., Manis, F. R., Siegel, L. S. (2008). The Sage Handbook of Dyslexia. (Reid, G., Fawcett, A. J., Manis, F. R., Siegel, L. S., Ed.). London: Sage Publications Ltd.
 

Book Chapter

Manis, F. R., Lindsey, K. A. (2010). Cognitive and oral language contributors to reading disabilities in Spanish-English bilingual children. Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Set pp. 280-303. New York, NY: Guilford.
Manis, F. R., Lindsey, K. A. (2008). Exploring heterogeneity in developmental dyslexia: A longitudinal investigation. pp. 149-173. London: The Sage Handbook of Dyslexia.
 

Journal Article

Beattie, R. L., Manis, F. R. (2011). Rise time perception in children with reading and additional non-phonological language difficulties. Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Beattie, R. L., Lu, Z., Manis, F. R. (2011). Dyslexic adults can learn from repeated stimulus presentation but have difficulties in excluding external noise. PLoS One.
Manis, F. R., Beattie, R. L. (2011). The relationship between prosodic perception, phonological awareness and vocabulary in emergent literacy. Journal of Research in Reading.
Nakamoto, J., Lindsey, K. A., Manis, F. R. (2011). Development of reading skills from K-3 in Spanish-speaking English language learners following three programs of instruction. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Goldman, J. G., Orechwa, A. Z., Manis, F. R. (2011). Relationships among cortical thickness, reading skill and print exposure in adult readers. Scientific Studies of Reading.
Spencer, S. A., Manis, F. R. (2010). The effects of a fluency intervention program on the reading outcomes of middle school students. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice. Vol. 25 (2), pp. 76-86.
Nakamoto, J., Manis, F. R., Lindsey, K. A. (2008). A cross-linguistic investigation of English language learners’ reading comprehension in English and Spanish. Scientific Studies of Reading. Vol. 12 (4), pp. 351-371.
Bruno, J. L., Zumberge, A. A., Manis, F. R., Lu, Z., Goldman, J. G. (2008). Sensitivity to orthographic familiarity in the occipito-temporal region. NeuroImage. Vol. 39, pp. 1988-2001.
Nakamoto, J., Lindsey, K. A., Manis, F. R. (2007). A Longitudinal Analysis of English language learners word decoding and reading comprehension. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal/Springer. Vol. 20, pp. 691-719.
Bruno, J., Manis, F. R., Keating, P., Sperling, A. J., Nakamoto, J., Seidenberg, M. S. (2007). Auditory word identification in dyslexic and normally achieving readers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology/Elsevier. Vol. 97, pp. 183-204.
Zumberge, A., Baker, L. A., Manis, F. R. (2007). Focus on words: Genetic and environmental influences in reading and inattention. Behavior Genetics/Kluwer Academic Press. Vol. 37, pp. 284-293.
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Website, My Virtual Child (revision for Pearson Publishing), 2010-2011   
Educational Website, My Virtual Teen (Pearson Publishing), 2009-2010   
 

Honors and Awards

USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, Faculty Fellow, 9/1/2006-8/31/2009  
 

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Scientific Studies of Reading, 2010-2011   
Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2007-2010  
Editor, Scientific Studies of Reading, 2003-2007  
 

Professional Memberships

Association for Psychological Science, 2007-2011  
International Dyslexia Association, 2007-2011  
Society for Research in Child Development, 2007-2011  
Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, 2007-2011  
 
 
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