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Neugebauer, Sabina

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Educational Psychology, Language and Literacy Development, Instrument Design, Teacher Preparation

Office #: Lewis Towers 1146, WTC

Phone: 312.915.7061

E-mail: sneugebauer@luc.edu

CV Link: Neugebauer-CV


Dr. Neugebauer’s research focuses on the language and literacy development of linguistically diverse students from childhood through adolescence. Her research aims to identify linguistic and affective factors that influence students’ reading comprehension for the purpose of improving the literacy outcomes of students in traditionally underserved schools. Neugebauer’s research uses an interdisciplinary approach to solve problems of practice through empirical studies that draw from intersecting fields including educational psychology, instrument design, and adolescent literacy.

Dr. Neugebauer has conducted experimental evaluations of vocabulary interventions to improve reading in bilingual settings, multi-tiered contexts and digital environments. Using longitudinal methods she has identified and tracked motivational factors that influence text comprehension. To more accurately and validly capture efficacious student learning in situ, she has designed and validated several measures that address contextual factors that influence students’ motivation and engagement with text, as well as teachers adoption of reading related interventions. Presently, Dr. Neugebauer is conducting two studies, using data supported by an Institute of Education Sciences fellowship. The first, explores the development of an instrument to measure daily reading motivation across the content areas and the second investigates the role of teacher discourse in promoting students’ strategic and engaged word learning.

Dr. Neugebauer was previously an Institute of Education Sciences fellow as well as the Richard Tucker Fellow for the Center for Applied Linguistics. She has presented at international and national conferences dedicated to reading development and has published in journals including the Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, Harvard Educational Review, Learning and Individual Difference, and the Journal of School Psychology, among others. She is a co-editor of the book Indigenous Knowledge: Sites of Struggle Strength and Survivance published by the Harvard Education Press and is a co-author of the forthcoming edition of Interventions for Reading Problems: Designing and Evaluating Effective Strategies published by Guilford Press. Dr. Neugebauer has taught and collaborated with teachers across multiple settings including elementary and middle school classrooms, in the U.S. and abroad.


Ed.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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