Rick Wagner, PhD, Principal Investigator
Rick Wagner’s research is focused on the normal acquisition of reading and dyslexia. His body of work has furthered the understanding of phonological processing in relation to learning to read and the development of reading disability. His public service in the field of literacy has included appointment as chair of the National Institute for the Literacy Advisory Board, member of the study section for reading and writing of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, and principal investigator of the Learning Disability Research Center. He has also developed widely used assessments of phonological processing and early literacy.
Fotena Zirps, PhD, Lab Manager
I was Rick’s first PhD at FSU in 1990. After I graduated, I worked for 25 years in human services. My expertise was in quality improvement and leadership development. I came back to FSU in 2014 and am the Lab Manager and Senior Research Associate. I am very much enjoying being back at FSU and working on the positive side of children’s lives. Studying dyslexia and how we might support people with dyslexia is so worthwhile. In my spare time, I love to read, write, bake, sing and play with my 3 beautiful cats. My faith is a very important part of my life as is working to better life for animals. I think Tallahassee is an absolutely wonderful place to live. I believe strongly that we are all here in this life to learn and to serve. I could not be happier than to work with the great folks of the WagnerLab, FCRR, The LDRC and at FSU.
Antje Malkowski, Project Coordinator
My name is Antje and I am the Project Coordinator at the WagnerLab. I joined the WagnerLab team in 2012. My work includes preparing of all materials needed for testing in the schools, tester training, working closely with testers and teachers at FSUS, scoring, analyzing and data entering, as well as Fotena’s right hand. I was born and raised in Germany and came to the US the end of 2004. I worked as a Medical Assistant in a Pediatrician Office in Germany.