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Joan KaderavekJoan Kaderavek
Early Childhood, Physical & Special Education

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Dr. Joan Kaderavek has been appointed as a Distinguished University Professor for her work in early literacy and language development. She teaches and completes research in the Department of Early Childhood, Physical, and Special Education at the University of Toledo. She is a certified speech-language pathologist with extensive clinical and classroom experience. She received her doctorate in speech-language pathology from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Kaderavek also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Her work has centered on investigating the early reading skills and language concepts that impact children’s later reading ability.

Dr. Kaderavek is a frequent presenter and author in the area of language development, early literacy and teacher-child interactions. She has over 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, has co-authored a book, published in 2008, called Emergent Literacy: Lessons for Success and has just completed writing a textbook called Language Disorders in Children: Fundamental Concepts to be released in January 2010.

She is a co-investigator of two multi-million dollar projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education in conjunction with The Ohio State University and Dr. Laura Justice. This research investigates the effects of a teacher-provided book reading intervention on children’s literacy development.

Dr. Kaderavek is involved nationally and internationally in professional service. She is associate editor for Language, Speech, and Hearing in the Schools; is a national site reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, Early Reading First Programs, and serves as a regular grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Educational Science. She is also on the Board of Examiners for the National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

Dr. Kaderavek completed a semester-long teaching fellowship at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007. She recently was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship Award; she will be traveling to Mysore, India in 2010 to complete a teaching and research fellowship at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing. She traveled to Kenya in 2009 for humanitarian work and is interested in supporting teacher training in East Africa and India.


Last Updated: 6/26/15