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Melissa Orkin, Ph.D.

Melissa is a Program Director at the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, where she received her Doctorate in Child Development. Dr. Orkin trained in the assessment and remediation of reading and learning disabilities with Dr. Maryanne Wolf and has served as a reading teacher in the classroom, and in clinical settings. Melissa has conducted extensive research on how motivational practices can be integrated into remedial reading instruction to foster self-regulation and reduce avoidance behaviors, and provides professional development trainings for administrators, teachers and psychologists on best practices. Dr. Orkin has instructed on Reading Disabilities at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, contributed to publications on a variety of educational topics including literacy development and executive function skills, and regularly presents at annual professional meetings in the fields of reading disorders, education, and child development.