Faculty Profile

Dr. Debra Jared

Dr. Debra Jared




Contact Information:

519-661-2111 x84631
WIRB 7330

Research Areas


Dr. Jared has been a faculty member in the department of Psychology for over 30 years. She is currently a PI in the Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences Area. Prior to joining Western, Dr. Jared obtained her PhD from McGill with Dr. Mark Seidenberg, and then completed postdoctoral research with Dr. Betty Ann Levy at McMaster University and Dr. Keith Rayner and Dr. Judy Kroll in Massachusetts. Her research has been continuously funded by NSERC Discovery Grants while Western. Dr. Jared served on the NSERC Discovery Grants Evaluation panel for three years and was Chair of the Cognitive Science section in 2022-23. In the early 2000s she led a multi-site longitudinal study on reading development in children in French Immersion which was funded by the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. Dr. Jared has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Memory and Language and for Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, and she has provided reviews of manuscripts for over 50 other scientific journals. Dr. Jared is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science and a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society.