Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Jessica Chan

Jessica Chan

PhD Cognitive Studies

Major Field

Cognitive Studies, Language and Literacy

Contact Information



My research focuses on examining core cognitive and linguistic processes that contribute to individual differences in word reading of English monolingual and Chinese-English bilingual children. My expertise is in quantitative methods using multiple hierarchical regression models to explain variance in reading and math achievement, analyzing trends for longitudinal and large-scale data, and using structural equation modeling techniques to investigate factors important to reading outcomes in school-age children and adults. I have taught courses in the Bachelor of Education and Professional Masters of Education program in the area of Language Arts, Components of Literacy, and Effective Interventions.

Curriculum Vitae


M.Ed, Queen's University

Hons. B. Sc., University of Toronto  

Doctoral Committee

Dr. Lesly Wade-Woolley

Dr. Don A. Klinger (University of Waikato) 

Dr. John R. Kirby 

Dr. Catherine McBride 

Research Interests

  • Individual differences in word reading and reading comprehension (from school-age children to adults)

  • Suprasegmental Phonology

  • Executive functioning and working memory in academic achievement

  • Bilingual Education

  • Learning Disabilities (Reading, Math)

Grants and Awards

Graduate Dean’s Travel Grant, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University      2017–2018

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council CGS Doctoral Award                 2015-2018

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ministry of Education                                                 2014–2015


Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

Chan, J. S., Wade-Woolley, L., & Kirby, J. R. (2018, July). Understanding prosodic awareness in school-age children’s reading. Poster accepted for the 25th meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Brighton, United Kingdom.

DeLuca, C., Bolden, B., & Chan, J. S. (2017). Systemic professional learning through collaborative inquiry: Examining teachers' perspectives. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 67, 67–78.   doi:10.1016/j.tate.2017.05.014

Chan, J. S. (2017). The rhythm of language: Extending literacy instruction to include prosodic awareness. Paper presentation at the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. 

Chan, J. S., & Wade-Woolley, L. (2016). Explaining phonology and reading in adult learners: Introducing prosody and executive functions to reading ability. Journal of Research in Reading, 41, 42–57. doi:10.1111/1467-9817.12083

Christou, G., & Chan, J. S. (2016). Supporting pre-service teachers’ mental health and well-being: Caring for teacher candidates so they can care for their students. Paper presentation at the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 60th annual special education conference, Toronto, Canada.

Chan, J. S., Berg, D. H., & Wade-Woolley, L. (2016). Extending a model of reading to mathematics: Distinguishing cognitive predictors among Grade 1/2 and 4/5 children. Poster presented at the 23nd meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Porto, Portugal.

Chan, J. S., & Wade-Woolley, L. (2015). Prosody during the critical stages of reading development: A comparison of Grades 3, 4, and 5. Poster presentation at the 22nd meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Big Island, Hawaii.

Wade-Woolley, L., Chan, J. S., Heggie, L., & Sebok, S. (2013). The effect of music interventions on phonological awareness: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster presentation at the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium (C3), Chicago, U.S.A.


  • Adjunct Professor, Professional Masters of Education (Literacy Concentration)    2016-2018
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, Bachelor of Education (Curriculum Language Arts)   2015-2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Bachelor of Education
  • Advanced Topics in Literacy for Elementary Teachers   Summer 2016
  • Language and Literacy Development and Practice          2014-2015
  • Reading Kindergarten to Grade 6                                     2013-2014
  • Psychology of Learning and Development                      2011-2014
  • Psychology of Learning Difficulties                                2011-2014

Service at the University

  • Education Students’ Mental Health Initiative, Co-Founder (2014-Present)
  • Appointments Committee, Graduate Student Representative (2015–2016)
  • Renewal, Tenure, & Promotion, Graduate Student Representative (2014– 2015)
  • Lead Organizer, Schiralli Graduate Student Forum (2014)
  • Treasurer, Education Graduate Student Society (2013 – 2014)

Association Memberships

  • Association for Reading and Writing in Asia                         2017 – Present
  • American Psychological Association                                     2017 – Present
  • Ontario Council for Exceptional Children                             2015 – Present
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education                        2012 – Present
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Reading                           2011 – Present