Christopher J. Lonigan, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator


Professor of Psychology and an Associate Director of Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR). Dr. Lonigan is a clinical psychologist with expertise in applied developmental issues, early literacy, assessment, quantitative methods, preventative interventions, longitudinal projects, and classroom-based interventions. Dr. Lonigan is or has been the Principal Investigator (PI) for seven federally funded (IES, NICHD, NSF), large-scale evaluations of interventions or classroom curricula for preschool children at-risk of academic difficulties or disabilities. All of these studies employ randomized evaluation designs, including cluster-level designs. Dr. Lonigan also is or has been the PI or Co-I for five federally funded (IES, NICHD, OERI) longitudinal studies of reading skills and reading disabilities. Dr. Lonigan has developed and co-authored tests for early literacy (e.g., Test of Preschool Early Literacy, published by PRO-Ed), and he is currently developing Pre-K assessments that will be available to teachers in Florida’s universal preschool program starting in 2009-2010. Dr. Lonigan has been the member or chair on numerous grant review panels and IES technical advisory committees. He was the principal investigator of the What Works Clearinghouse review of Early Childhood Education, and he currently serves on the technical advisory group of the What Works Clearinghouse.