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Robin Morris

Professor, Regents    Executive Officer for Entrepreneurship    

Ph.D., University of Florida, 1982
M.S., Trinity University, 1978
B.A., Emory University, 1975


Developmental and clinical neuropsychology, developmental dyslexia, reading and attention related disabilities, acquired brain injury, neurogenetic disorders.


Robin Morris serves as the executive officer for entrepreneurship, overseeing the University’s strategic efforts for student start-ups, campus activities centered around entrepreneurship and related degree programs. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Morris served as the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation guiding the university during the first half of the strategic plan’s implementation. He is Regent’s Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University and is the past Vice President for Research, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Georgia State.  He currently holds faculty research appointments in the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning and GSU/Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, and is an Associate Faculty in the Neurosciences Institutes.  Dr. Morris received his B.A. from Emory University, M.S. from Trinity University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.  He has published widely and has federal grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Education.


Rhodes, K.T., Branum-Martin, L., Morris, R.D., Romski, M., & Sevcik, R. (2015). Testing Math or Testing Language?  The Construct Validity of the KeyMath-Revised for Children with Intellectual Disability and Language Difficulties.  American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120(6), 542-568. DOI: 10.1352/1944-7558-120.6.542

Jayakar, R., King, T. Z., Morris, R., & Na, S. (2015). Hippocampal Volume and Auditory Attention on a Verbal Memory Task With Adult Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumor. Neuropsychology, 29(2), 303. Advance online publication.

Smith K.M., King T.Z., Jayakar, R., & Morris, R.D. (2014). Reading skill in adult survivors of childhood brain tumor: A theorybased neurocognitive model using DTI. Neuropsychology, 28(3), 448-458. doi: 10.1037/neu0000056

Foster, M.E., Sevcik, R.A., Romski, M. & Morris, R.D. (2014). Effects of phonological awareness and naming speed on mathematics skills in children with mild intellectual disabilities.  Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 1-13. DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2013.84.3603.

Nanda, A.O., Greenberg, D., & Morris, R.D. (2014).  Reliability and validity of the CTOPP Elision and Blending Words subtests for struggling adult readers. Reading and Writing, 27(9), 1603-1618. DOI: 10.1007/s11145-01409509

Wolf, M.,Gottwald, S., Galyean, T., Morris, R., & Breazeal, C. (2014) The Reading Brain, Global Literacy, and the Eradication of Poverty. Bread and Brain, Education and Poverty. Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Scripta Varia 125, Vatican City.

Barker, R, Michael, Sevcik, R.A., Morris, R.D., & Romski, M. (2013). A model of phonological processing, language, and reading for students with mild intellectual disability.  Am. J on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118(5),365-380.

Greenberg, D., Wise, J., Frijters, J., Morris, R., Frederick, L., Rodrigo, V., & Hall, R. (2013).  Persisters and nonpersisters:  Identifying who stays and who leaves from adult literacy interventions.  Reading and Writing, 26, 495-514. DOI 10.1007/s11145-012-9401-8.

Frijters, J.A., Lovett, M.W., Sevcik, R.A., & Morris, R. D. (2012).  Four methods of identifying responders to a multicomponent reading intervention for struggling middle school readers.  Reading and Writing Quarterly, 26, 539-563. DOI 10.1007/s11145-012-9418-z.

Morris, R.D., Lovett, M.W., Wolf, M., Sevick, R.A., Steinbach, K.A., Frijters, J.C. & Shapiro, M.  (2012). Multiple component remediation of developmental reading disabilities: A Controlled factorial evaluation of the influence of IQ, socioeconomic status, and race on outcomes.  J. Learning Disabilities, 45(2), 99-127.

Frijters, J.C., Lovett, M.W., Steinbach, K.A., Wolf, M., Sevick, R.A. & Morris, R. (2011).  Neurocognitive predictors of reading outcomes for children with reading disabilities.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44(2), 150-166.

Greenberg, D. Wise, J. Morris, R. Fredrick, L., Rodrigo, V., Nada, A., Pae, Hye (2011).  A randomized controlled study of instructional approaches for struggling adult readers.  Journal of Educational Effectiveness, 4, 1-17.

Morris, R.D., Lovett, M.W., Wolf, M., Sevick, R.A., Steinbach, K.A., Frijters, J.C. & Shapiro, M.  (2010). Multiple component remediation of developmental reading disabilities: A Controlled factorial evaluation of the influence of IQ, socioeconomic status, and race on outcomes.  J. Learning Disabilities, 1-29.  doi: 10:1177/0022219409355472.

Nada, A.O., Greenberg, D., & Morris, R. (2010).  Modeling child-based theoretical reading constructs with struggling adult readers. J. Learning Disabilities, 43(2), 139-153.

Wise, J.C., Sevcik, R.A., Romski, M., Morris, R.D.  (2010). The relationship between phonological processing skills and word and nonword identification performance in children with mild intellectual disabilities.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(6),1170-1175.

Wolf, M., Barzillai, M., Gottwald, S., Miller, L., Spencer, K., Norton, E., Lovett, M.W., & Morris, R.D. (2009). The RAVE-O intervention: Connecting neuroscience to the classroom. Mind, Brain, and Education, 3(2), 84-93.

Greenberg, D., Pae, H.K., Morris, R.D., Calhoon, M.B., & Nada, A.O. (2009).  Measuring adult literacy students’ reading skills using the Gray Oral Reading Test.  Ann. of Dyslexia.  Doi: 10-1007/511881-009-0027-8.

Zetzler, C, Sevcik, R.A., Morris, R.D. & Clarkson, M.C. (2008) Comodulation masking release (CMR) in children and the influence on reading status.  J. Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, 772-784.

Papazoglou, A., King, T., Morris, R., Morris,M. & Krawiecki, N. (2008).  Attention mediates radiation’s impact on daily living skills in children treated for brain tumors.   Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 50(6), 1253-1257.

Wise, J.C., Pae, H.K., Wolfe, C.B., Sevcik, R.A., Morris, R.D., Lovett, M. & Wolf, M. (2008). Phonological awareness and rapid naming skills of children with reading disabilities and children with reading disabilities who are at-risk for mathematics difficulties. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 23(3), 125-136.

Schwanenflugel, P.J., Morris, R.D., Kuhn, M.R., Strauss, G.P., & Sieczko, J.M. (2008). The influence of reading unit size on the development of Stroop interference in early word decoding. Reading and Writing, 21: 177-203.

Shaywitz, S.E., Morris, R. & Shaywitz, B.A. (2008). The education of dyslexic children from childhood to young adulthood. Annual Review of Psychology, 59: 451-475.

Morris, R., Pae, H. K., Arrington, C. & Sevcik, R. (2006). The assessment challenge of Native American educational researchers. J. of American Indian Education, 45(3), 77-91.

Schwanenflugel, P.J., Meisinger, E., Wisenbaker, J.M., Kuhn, M.R., Strauss, G.P., & Morris, R.D. (2006). Becoming a fluent and automatic reader in the early elementary school years. Reading Research Quarterly , 41, 496-522.

Fletcher, J.M., Francis, D.J., Morris, R.D., & Lyon, G.R. (2005). Evidence-Based Assessment of Learning Disabilities in Children and Adolescents. J. of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology;, 34(3), 506-522.

Cirino, P.T., Israelian, M.K., Morris, M.K. & Morris, R.D. (2005). Evaluation of the Double-Deficit Hypothesis in College Students Referred for Learning Disabilities. J. of Learning Disabilities, 38(1), 29-44.

Rashid, F.L., Morris, R.D. & Sevick R.A. (2005). Relationship Between Home Literacy Environment and Reading Achievement in Children with Reading Disabilities. J. of Learning Disabilities, 38(1), 2-11.

Wagner, R.K, Francis, D.J. & Morris, R.D. (2005). Identifying English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities: Key Challenges and Possible Approaches. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 20(1), 6-15.

Ledesma, H.M.L. & Morris, R.D. (2005). Patterns of Language Preference Among Bilingual (Filipino-English) Boys. The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 8(1) 1-19.

Pae, H.K., Sevcik, R.A. & Morris, R. (2004). Cross-language links between English & Korean in second language reading acquisition. J. of Multilingual Communication Disorders, 2(1), 68-79.

Cirino, P.T., P.T., Rashid, F.L., Sevcik, R.A., Lovett, M.W., Frijters, J., Wolf, M., & Morris, R. (2002). Psychometric stability of nationally normed and experimental decoding and related measures in children with reading disability. J. of Learning Disabilities, 35(6), 525-538.

Bone, R.B., Cirino, P. T., Morris, R.D., Morris, M.K. (2002). Reading and phonological awareness in reading disabled adults. Developmental Neuropsychology, 21, 305-320.

Haist, F., Song, A.W., Wild K., Faber, T.L., Popp, C.A., & Morris, R.D., (2001). Linking sight & sound: FMRI evidence of primary cortex activation during visual word recognition. Brain & Language, 76, 340-350.

Barrett, D.H., Morris, R.D., Akhtar, F.Z., Michalek, J.E. (2001). Serum dioxin and cognitive functioning among veterans of operation ranch hand. NeuroToxicology, 22(4), 491-502.

Rashid, F.L. , Morris, M.K. & Morris, R.D. ( 2001). Naming and verbal memory skills in adults with ADHD and Reading Disability. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57, 829-838.

Liss, M., Fein, D., Allen, D., Dunn, M., Feinstein, C., Morris, R., Waterhouse, L. & Rapin, I. (2001). Executive functioning in high-functioning children with autism. J. of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 42(2), 261-270.

Lewis, J. K., Morris, M. K., Morris, R. D., Krawiecki, N. & Foster, M. A. (2000). Social problem solving in children with acquired brain injuries. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 15(3), 930-942.

Fowler, L.A., Hopkins, W.D., Albers, H.E., Morris, R.D. & Hyatt, C.W. (1999). Establish the presence of a body temperature rhythm in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) using a tympanic membrane thermometer. Primate, 40(3), 499-508.

Waldrop, S. M., Davis, P. C., Padgett, C. A., Shapiro, M. B., Morris, R. D. (1998). Treatment of brain tumors in children is associated with abnormal MRS ratios in brain tissue remote from the tumor site. Am. J. Neuroradiology, 19, 963-970.

Morris, R.D., Stuebing, K.K., Fletcher, J.M., Shaywitz, S.E., Lyon, G.R., Shankweiler, D.P., Katz, L., Francis, D.J. & Shaywitz, B.A. (1998). Subtypes of reading disability coherent variability around a phonological core. Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(3), 1-27.