Professor Siegel’s areas of research activity are learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, detection of children at risk for learning and behavior problems, cognitive development, language development and the history of childhood. Her publications include the coauthored books Current Directions in Dyslexia Research (with K. van den Bos, D. Bakker, and D. Share, 1994) and The Social and Cognitive Aspects of Normal and Atypical Language Development (with S. von Tetzchner and L. Smith, 1989).
Professor Siegel’s research includes a longitudinal study in North Vancouver to examine the early identification and intervention of native English-speaking and ESL speaking children at risk for reading failure. This school-based research in dyslexia and reading failure is also in the preliminary stages in other districts in British Columbia. The other study Dr. Siegel is currently conducting is to examine the development of reading, language, and memory skills in children and adults with learning disabilities. An assessment of reading, language, spelling, memory and arithmetic is conducted with each participant. Suggestions for remediation and appropriate accommodations in school and the workplace, and/or further education are made for each individual, based on their personal learning difficulties.
Dr. Siegel holds the Dorothy C. Lam Chair in Special Education in The University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Education. She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.