Leonard Katz

Degree: Ph.D., 1963, University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Webpages: www.haskins.yale.edu/hil/people/katz.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Katz
Research Interests: Cognition of reading
Research Synopsis: Compared the process of identifying printed words in many different languages. Researched word processing in dyslexic brain.
Courses: Taught statistics and experimental design to graduate students 1963- 2006
Students in Research: Karl Rexer, Mira Peter, Ana Luiza Navas, Stephen Frost, Anurag Rimzhim
Recent publications: Katz, L., Brancazio, L., Irwin, J., Katz, S., Magnuson, J., & Whalen, D. (2012). What lexical decision and naming tell us about reading. Reading and Writing, 25, 1259–1282. DOI: 10.1007/s11145-011-9316-9 PMCID: PMC3383646
Representative Publications:
  1. Katz, L. & Frost, R. (1992). The reading process is different for different orthographies: The orthographic depth hypothesis. In Frost, R. & Katz, L., (Eds.). Orthography, Phonology, Morphology, and Meaning, pp. 67–84. Amsterdam: Elsevier North Holland Press.


  1. Katz, L. (2011). The neurobiology of reading and writing. In P. C. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, 932-934. New York: The Cambridge University Press.


  1. Hollis S. Scarborough • John P. Sabatini • Jane Shore • Laurie E. Cutting • Kenneth Pugh • Leonard Katz. (2013). Meaningful reading gains by adult literacy learners Reading and Writing  26:593–613 DOI 10.1007/s11145-012-9385-4


  1. Katz, L., & Wicklund, D. A. (1971). Word scanning rate for good and poor readers. Journal of Educational Psychology, 62, 138-140.



Other: Senior Scientist Haskins Laboratories  1974 – presentFellow: Association for Psychological Sciences



Major research support from National Institute for Child Health and Human Development 1974 – present