Advanced degrees in reading education (Ed.M., Harvard); Psychology (M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts).



Jane Ashby, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Reading Science Program, located in the School of Education at Mount St. Joseph University. In this position, she helps graduate students understand reading research and its impact on reading instruction. In her previous position as Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University, she studied the cognitive processes that underlie silent reading by monitoring participants’ eye movements as they read sentences. Jane has published several research papers and book chapters in addition to co-authoring the Psychology of Reading with Keith Rayner.

Dr. Ashby holds advanced degrees in reading education (Ed.M., Harvard) and Psychology (M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts). Early in her career, she taught urban young adults who were struggling readers, tutored children with reading difficulties, and performed reading assessments at Boston Children’s Hospital. More recently, she engaged teachers in Ohio and Vermont in long-term professional learning. Jane’s mission is to provide a bridge between research knowledge and practice knowledge, integrating these two areas to support teachers’ ability to understand and teach their struggling readers.