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Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Jack M. Fletcher

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair
Texas Center for Learning Disabilities
Developmental, Cognitive, & Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., University of Florida

NOTE: Dr. Fletcher will not be reviewing applications for the coming academic year.

Heyne Building, Room 131C

Biographical Summary

Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D., is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston. He received a BA degree from Davidson College in 1973 and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Florida in 1978.Dr. Fletcher has been affiliated with The University of Houston since 1979, first as an adjunct assistant professor (1979-85), then as a tenured Associate Professor (1985- 1989), adjunct Professor (1989- 2006), and beginning his current tenured appointment in 2006. From 1978- 1985, Dr. Fletcher was the Acting Director of the Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities Research Section at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences; from 1989-2006, Dr. Fletcher was a tenured Professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Medical School- Houston. For the past 30 years, Dr. Fletcher, a board-certified child neuropsychologist, has worked on issues related to child neuropsychology, including studies of children with spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, and other acquired disorders. In the area of developmental learning and attention disorders, Dr. Fletcher has addressed issues related to definition and classification, neurobiological correlates, and most recently, intervention. Dr. Fletcher directs a Learning Disability Research Center grant and a long-term study involving genetic, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological factors in spina bifida, both funded by the National Institute of Child health and Human Development. He served on the NICHD National Advisory Council, the Rand Reading Study Group, the National Research Council Committee on Scientific Principles in Education Research, and the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. The author of 3 books and over 350 papers, Dr. Fletcher was the recipient of the Samuel T. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association in 2003 and a co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris award from the International Reading Association in 2006. He was President of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2008-2009.

Research Interests

  • Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities: Classification and definition, cognitive and neurobiological correlates, intervention
  • Pediatric Brain Injury: spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, plasticity and recovery of function


  • PSYC 6350: Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention of Children
  • Dr. Fletcher also provides assessment supervision in the Psychology Research and Services Center

Selected Publications

Fletcher JM, Lyon GR, Fuchs LS, & Barnes MA (Eds.) (2007). Learning disabilities: From identification to intervention. New York: Guilford Press.

Fletcher, JM, Copeland, K, Frederick, J, Blaser, SE, Kramer, LA, Northrup, H, Hannay, HJ, Brandt, ME, Francis, DJ, Villarreal, G, Drake, JM, Laurent, J, Townsend, I, Inwood, S, Boudousquie, A & Dennis, M. (2005). Spinal lesion level in spina bifida meningomyelocele: A source of neural and cognitive heterogeneity. Journal of Neurosurgery, 102, 268-279.

Simos PG, Fletcher JM, Sarkari S, Billingsley RL, Denton C, & Papanicolaou AC (2007). Altering the brain circuits for reading through intervention: A magnetic source imaging study. Neuropsychology, 21, 485-496.

Fuchs LS, Powell SR, Hamlett CL, Fuchs D, Cirino PT, & Fletcher JM (2008). Remediating computational deficits at third grade: A randomized field trial. Journal of Research on Education Effectiveness, 1, 2-32.

Swartwout MD, Cirino PT, Hampson AW, Fletcher JM, Brandt ME, & Dennis M (2008). Sustained attention in children with two etiologies of early hydrocephalus. Neuropsychology, 22, 765-775. PMC2593153

Simos, P. G., Kanatsouli, K., Fletcher, J. M., Sarkari, S., Juranek, J., Cirino, P., Passaro, A., & Papanicolaou, A. C. (2008). Aberrant spatiotemporal activation profiles associated with math difficulties in children: A magnetic source imaging study. Neuropsychology, 22, 571–584

Dennis, M., Sinopoli, K. J., Fletcher, J. M., & Schachar, R. (2008). Puppets, robots, critics, and actors within a taxonomy of attention for developmental disorders. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 673–690. PMC2593155

Barth, A.E., Stuebing, K.K., Anthony, J.L., Denton, C.A., Mathes, P.G., Fletcher, J.M., & Francis, D.J. (2008). Agreement among response to intervention criteria for identifying responder status. Learning and Individual Differences, 18, 296-307.

Francis, D. J., Santi, K. L., Barr, C., Fletcher, J. M., Varisco, A., & Foorman, B. R. (2008). Form effects on the estimation of students' oral reading fluency using DIBELS. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 315–342. PMC2396583

Fletcher, JM, Ostermaier, KK, Cirino, PT, & Dennis, M. (2008). Neurobehavioral outcomes in spina bifida: Processes versus outcomes. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 1, 311-324.

Hasan, KM, Sankar, A, Halphen, C, Kramer, LA, Ewing-Cobbs, L, Dennis, M, & Fletcher, JM (2008). Quantitative diffusion tensor imaging and intellectual outcomes in spina bifida. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 2, 75-82.

Dennis M, Francis DJ, Cirino PT, Schachar R, Barnes MA, Fletcher JM (2009). Why IQ is not a covariate in cognitive studies of neurodevelopmental disorders. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 331-343.

Fletcher, JM (2009). Dyslexia: The evolution of a scientific concept. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 501-508.

Fletcher, JM, Francis, DJ, O'Malley, K, Copeland, K, Mehta, P, Caldwell, C, Kalinowski, S, Young, V, & Vaughn, SR (2009). Effects of a bundled accommodations package on high stakes testing for middle school students with reading disabilities. Exceptional Children, 75, 412-428.

Fletcher, JM, & Vaughn, S (2009). Response to intervention: Preventing and remediating academic difficulties. Child Development Perspectives, 3, 30-37.

Hannay, HJ, Walker, AM, Dennis, M, Kramer, LA, Blaser, S, & Fletcher, JM (2009). Auditory interhemispheric transfer in relation to patterns of partial agenesis and hypoplasia of the corpus callosum in spina bifida meningomyelocele. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 31, 180-194.

Raghubar, KP, Hogan, K, Barnes, MA, Cirino, PT, Ewing-Cobbs, L, Fuchs, LS, & Fletcher, JM (in press). Computation errors and behavioral inattention in children with math difficulties. Journal of Learning Disabilities.