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Dr. Maureen Lovett





Dr. Maureen Lovett, PhD, C. Psych.
Learning Disabilities Research Program
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Lovett is a Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences and Mental Health Program at SickKids  and a Professor  of  Paediatrics and Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto.  She is also appointed to the Graduate Faculty in Psychology at the University of Guelph, York University, and the University of Alberta. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from McGill University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Paediatric Neuropsychology at SickKids. Dr. Lovett is a registered Psychologist with The College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Dr. Lovett is recognized internationally for her contributions to reading disabilities research and practice. For more than 30 years, Dr. Lovett, Founder and Director of the LDRP at SickKids, has conducted scientifically rigorous research creating and evaluating interventions that address head-on the core learning problems that prevent children with reading difficulties from learning to read. Her positive results bring new insights to reading intervention research and are relevant not only to children and adolescents with diagnosed learning disabilities, but also to students at risk for illiteracy from a range of environmental and constitutional factors. Dr. Lovett’s research has been supported by operating grants from NICHD, IES, and CIHR. Dr. Lovett’s work has been published in many high-impact journals and in books devoted to the study of learning disabilities. She conceptualized Empower™ Reading and is senior author of the programs.






Léa Lacerenza, M.Ed.
Special Education Director and Teacher Coordinator
Learning Disabilities Research Program
The Hospital for Sick Children

Ms. Lacerenza, is Special Education Director and Teacher Coordinator of the LDRP at SickKids. She is also a senior author of the Empower™ Reading programs. Ms. Lacerenza has been a critical part of remediation research with LDRP since 1987, developing and writing curriculum and assessment tools, creating program lesson-ware, materials, training, and mentoring and monitoring all participating research teachers.

Ms. Lacerenza has 30 years teaching experience with exceptional children and adolescents with the Toronto Catholic District School Board; she has worked with struggling readers from primary grades through to high school. She earned her B.Ed. and Specialist in Special Education from the University of Toronto and her M.Ed from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Ms. Lacerenza frequently conducts in-services and workshops for teachers and special services personnel. Currently, she supervises the Empower™ Training Courses and ensures all training and mentoring meets high standards of excellence.