Dr. Jamie Metsala

Dr. Jamie Metsala

Professional Education

Dr. Jamie Metsala (Professor, Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia) is the Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities (appointed July 1, 2011). She has begun collaboration with representatives from the Nova Scotia Department of Education concerning both children with learning disabilities and early reading acquisition.

Dr. Jamie Metsala is a professor of Education and the Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Learning Disabilities at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. She received her Ph.D. from the Centre for Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto/OISE and was previously an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Maryland and at Western University.  Dr. Metsala conducts research on reading acquisition, reading disabilities and interventions. One of two content area experts on the recent Ontario Human Rights Commission's Right to Reading public inquiry, she is a vocal advocate for evidence-based practices in instruction, interventions, and psychoeducational assessments. Dr. Metsala, a registered clinical psychologist, teaches courses to those studying to become school psychologists as well as to practicing teachers. Dr. Metsala's research with the centre includes quantitative examinations of contributors to changing teacher efficacy for inclusive educational practices. 

Research Interests

  • Reading acquisition and reading disabilities
  • Development of speech perception and phonological awareness
  • Social cognition and psychological adjustment of children with nonverbal learning disabilities.