Dr. Lynn McQuarrie’s academic focus is in language and literacy with research interests in the areas of first and second language reading acquisition and teaching and learning strategies that support reading development in struggling readers with diverse needs. Her primary research investigates factors that affect language and literacy outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing learners and how sign language (ASL) as L1 facilitates learning a spoken/written language (English) as L2. She has worked extensively with Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults in a variety of educational contexts throughout Canada and internationally. Dr. McQuarrie took up a dual appointment as the David Peikoff Research Chair and the Director of the Western Canadian Centre for Deaf Studies (WCCDS) on November 1, 2014.
For information on current research projects please see the WCCDS website at www.wccds.ualberta.ca