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Jennifer Watts, Ph.D.
Jennifer Lynn Watts was born in Fort Worth Texas on November 22, 1971, the daughter of Virginia Nell Watts and William Berry Watts.  After completing her work at Grapevine High School, Grapevine, Texas, in 1990, she entered The University of Texas at Austin.  She received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the field of Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in May, 1994.  She entered the Graduate School of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin in August, 1994 to pursue both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate degree in Psychology.  Her main area of research centered around the problems affecting reading acquisition of children.
 
 



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(updated 10/9/00)


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The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Psychology
Campus Mail Code: B3800
Austin, TX 78712

(512) 475-6811

802 E. Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX  78705

512-459-9658

jwatts@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu




Biographical Data:

Birth date: November 22, 1971
Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Texas

Education:

2001:   Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Cognition and Perception (major), Linguistics (minor).

1996:   M.A. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Cognition and Perception (major), Linguistics (minor).

1994:   B.A. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Psychology (major), Zoology (minor).

Work Experience:

September 1999-December 1999:  Contractor for Benchmark Education Company
  Supervisor: Susan Paynter
  Duties: Worked to develop lesson plans for a Phonemic Awareness training program for a larger early literacy program called Phonetic Connections.

1994-present:  Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin.
  Supervisor: Dr. Philip Gough
  Duties: Assisted teaching and conducted research projects.

Manuscripts in Preparation:

Watts, J. L. Phonemic awareness and the phonological "g" hypothesis. (Masters Thesis)

Watts, J. L. Aspects of phonemic awareness training procedures.

Works in Progress:

Watts, J. L. The structure and development of phonemic awareness: Finding more effective training methods (Dissertation).

Gough, P.B., Wren, S., Watts, J., Deneen-Bell, N., & Lee, C. H.  The miscues of skilled readers.

Gough, P.B., Wren, S., Watts, J., Deneen-Bell, N., & Larson, K. The effect of typographical errors on reading time.

Publications:

Watts, J. (Contributing Author, 2000).  Phonetic Connections-Start Up to Build Up 1, a Teacher’s Resource System: Phonological Awareness.
 

Conference Presentations:

Watts, J. L., & Gough, P.B. (1995). The suppression of irrelevant information in comprehension: A failure to replicate.  Paper presented at the annual meeting, Southwest Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Watts, J. L., & Gough, P.B. (1996). Cohesion and semantics.  Paper presented at the annual meeting, Southwest Psychological Association, Houston, TX.

Watts, J. L. (1997).  Phonemic awareness and the phonological "g" hypothesis.  Paper presented at the annual meeting, Southwest Psychological Association, Fort Worth, TX.

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant Psychology of Reading
  Psychology of Language
  Introduction to statistics and research design
  Experimental Psychology: Advanced statistics and research design

Professional Tutoring
  Statistics
  French

Research Interests:

Reading:
  Early reading acquisition
  Phonemic awareness training
  Phonemic awareness development
  Phonemic awareness structure
  Phonological ability and reading
  Reading disorders
  Reading skill development
  Reading instruction methods

References:

Philip B. Gough, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Psychology
Mezes
Austin, Texas 78712
gough@psy.utexas.edu
(512) 471-2115

Clarke Burnham, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Psychology
Mezes
Austin, Texas 78712
burnham@psy.utexas.edu
(512) 471-1157

Sebastian Wren, Ph.D.
Program Specialist
The Southwest Education Development Laboratory
211 E. 7th Street
Austin, TX  78701-3281
swren@sedl.org
(512) 476-6861 ex. 294




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