Profile and Research Interests
Dr. Kyle Levesque is an emerging scholar with expertise in developmental and cognitive psychology. Broadly-speaking, his research explores the development of language and reading skills across the lifespan. Dr. Levesque earned a BA (Psychology) from Mount Allison University followed by an Honours in Psychology from Cape Breton University. He then received a Master’s in Child Studies from Concordia University. Finally, he earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University where his dissertation was nominated for a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dr. Levesque recently completed a Postdoctoral Research position at the renowned Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Levesque’s research centers on theory-driven, developmental research in the field of language and literacy, with a particular emphasis on the linguistic factors that support the development of reading comprehension in children. His program of research incorporates innovative empirical approaches and advanced statistical techniques across a range of collaborative projects; through these projects, his work seeks to extend our understanding of the linguistic, cognitive, and sociocultural factors that support the development of essential reading and writing skills.
Research Topics of Interest
reading; language and literacy development; morphology; reading comprehension; reading processes; semantics; orthographic learning; bilingualism; cognition; oral language; child development; developmental psychology; spelling; education; literacy pedagogy in the classroom; teacher education and professional development; home literacy environment;
Summary of Education and Professional Background
BA Psychology (Mount Allison University)
Honours in Psychology (Cape Breton University)
MA Child Studies (Concordia University)
PhD Experimental Psychology (Dalhousie University)
Postdoctoral Researcher (Florida Center for Reading Research/Florida State University)
Postdoctoral Fellow (Dalhousie University)