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Dr. Sara Hart

Ohio State University, 2010


Developmental Psychology Area Director

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Dr. Hart will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2017 admissions.

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the sources of individual differences in cognitive abilities. I focus on examining how genetics and the environment interplay to influence development of reading and math skills, as well as general cognitive processing factors. Part of this work is identifying what specific aspects of the environment, such as the home literacy environment, are important to cognitive development. I am also interested in incorporating genetic and family environment information into our understanding of response to intervention.

Selected Publications


Hart, S.A., Taylor, J., Schatschneider, C. (in press). There is a world outside of experimental designs: Using twins to explore causation. Assessment for Effective Intervention.

Hart, S.A., Petrill, S.A., Willcutt, E., Thompson, L., Schatschneider, C., Deater-Deckard, K., Cutting, L.E. (2010). Exploring how symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are related to reading and mathematics performance: General genes, general environments. Psychological Science, 21(11), 1708-1715.

Hart, S.A., Petrill, S.A., Thompson, L.A. (2010). A factorial analysis of timed and untimed measures of mathematics and reading abilities in school aged twins. Learning and Individual Differences, 20, 63-69.

Hart, S.A., Petrill, S.A., Kamp Dush, C.M. (2010). Genetic influences on language, reading, and mathematic skills in a national sample: An analysis in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 118-128.

Hart, S.A., Petrill, S.A., Thompson, L.A., & Plomin, R. (2009). The ABC’s of math: A genetic analysis of mathematics and its links with reading ability and general cognitive ability. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101(2), 388-402.

Hart, S.A., Petrill, S.A., DeThorne, L.S., Deater-Deckard, K., Thompson, L.A., Schatschneider, C., & Cutting, L.E. (2009). Environmental influences on the longitudinal covariance of expressive vocabulary: Measuring the home literacy environment in a genetically sensitive design. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(8), 911-919.

Hart, S.A., Petrill, S.A., Deater-Deckard, K. & Thompson, L.A. (2007). SES and CHAOS as environmental mediators of cognitive ability: A longitudinal analysis. Intelligence, 35(3), 233-242.


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