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Lynn McQuarrie

Associate Professor


Educational Psychology

About Me


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 is the Director of the Minerva Deaf Research Lab (MDRL) in the JP Das Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities at the University of Alberta.

Dr. McQuarrie is also a research affiliate with VL2, an interdisciplinary research center based at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. VL2 is a Science of Learning Center (SLC) on Visual Language and Visual Learning, one of six SLCs funded by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of VL2 is to gain a greater understanding of the biological, cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence the acquisition of language and knowledge through the visual modality. Dr. McQuarrie currently serves on the VL2 Executive team, and is Team Lead for the center’s strategic focus area studies on Reading and Literacy in Visual Learning.

For information on current research projects please see the MDRL website at