Ashland University Psychology Colloquium Set for March 15

2/28/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Dr. Bob Weis, associate professor of psychology at Denison University and author of the textbook "Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology," will be speaking on the Ashland University campus on March 15.

Weis will present a colloquium titled "Identifying Learning Disabilities in Adults: New Approaches and Controversies" at 7 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. The colloquium is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Weis, specific learning disability (SLD; e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia) is the most common disabling condition among college students.

"Approximately 1 to 3 percent of college students have been diagnosed with SLD and receive academic accommodations for this disorder," Weis said. "However, there is currently no professional or legal consensus regarding an operational definition of SLD in adults. As a result, the prevalence of SLD among college students varies considerably across postsecondary institutions."

Weis said his presentation will outline the major approaches to SLD identification in adults, and examine how college students with SLDs can show remarkably different patterns of cognitive ability, academic achievement and degrees of impairment depending on their postsecondary setting and socioeconomic status.

In addition to the public event, Weis will be meeting with students during his visit to Ashland University.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.