Reading and writing difficulties
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
working memory and executive functions
teacher knowledge and practice relating to children with special education needs
I am interested in working collaboratively with teachers to build capacity regarding the instruction of students with attention and/or learning difficulties. I am currently part of a research team that is working on two Knowledge Exchange projects. One project is examining how to use multimedia resources to support teacher professional development regarding working with students with ADHD. A second project involves working collaboratively with expert teachers to develop the curriculum for an intensive summer institute for Lead Teachers on ADHD. In addition, my research on cognition, attention, and adaptive instruction has direct implications for classroom instruction in the elementary grades.
I often teach HDP2280 which is a graduate course entitled "Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction". I often teach this course in Flex-Mode which allows students to attend in person or virtually via a webinar.
I teach the Language Arts portion of APD2200 Introduction to Curriculum I course in the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education program.
I sometimes teach courses related to executive functions or ADHD at the graduate level.
Martinussen, R., Grimbos, T., & Ferrari, J. (2014). Word-level reading achievement and behavioral inattention: exploring their overlap and relations with naming speed and phonemic awareness in a community sample of children. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Major, A., Martinussen, R., & Wiener, J. (2013). An examination of the self- efficacy for self-regulated learning beliefs of adolescents with and without ADHD. Learning and Individual Differences
Aitken, M., & Martinussen, R. (2013). Exploring predictors of performance on a curriculum-based measure of written expression. Journal of Research in Writing, 4 (3), 281-299.
Gray, S.A., Chaban, P., Martinussen, R., Goldberg, R., Gotlieb, H., Kronitz, R., Hockenberry, M., & Tannock, R. (2012). Effects of a computerized working memory training program on working memory, attention, and academics in adolescents with severe LD and comorbid ADHD: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Martinussen, R., Chaban, P., & Tannock, R. (2011). Teachers' reported use of instructional and behavior management practices for students with behavior problems: Relationship to role and level of training in ADHD. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40, 193-219
Martinussen, R., & Major, A. (2011). Working memory weaknesses in students with ADHD: Implications for instruction. Theory into Practice, 50, 68-75.
Kirby, J.R., Georgiou, G.K. Martinussen, R., & Parrila, R. (2010). Review of research: Naming speed and reading: From prediction to instruction. Reading Research Quarterly, 45, 341-362.
Articles Under Review
Aitken, M., Martinussen, R., Tannock, R., & Wolfe, R. (accepted, pending minor revisions, pending final review). Factor structure of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in a Canadian elementary school sample. Assessment for Effective Intervention
Plamondon, A., & Martinussen, R. (under revision). Academic achievement is associated with motivation, study skills, and engagement mostly through variance shared with inattention symptoms. Submitted to Learning and Instruction, February 28th, 2014
Research Grants and Contracts
Title: Examining the potential for digital media to bridge the gap between coursework and practicum experiences in preservice teacher preparation in literacy education.
Funded by: SSHRC
Amount of Award: $75 000
Role: Principal Investigator
Co-Investigator Dr. Dale Willows
Special Education & Adaptive InstructionLiteracy