International Collaborations

South Africa

Cradl is developing a collaboration with the University of Pretoria’s (South Africa) Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication researchers through a faculty-student exchange agreement. The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication researches severe disabilities, early intervention and augmentative and alternative communication.


For 15 years, Researchers in the Psychology Department have had an ongoing collaboration with a research team at the The Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto.  This research involves a number of large, multi-site, federally funded grants that have studied reading interventions and dyslexia/reading disabilities in elementary and middle school students.


South Korea

Cradl is collaborating with Dong Sung Elementary School in Busan,  South Korea and Atlanta Korean School to examine the extent to which cross-reading transfer occurs when the written languages are of distinctly different types with respect to orthographic representation and depth, writing system, phonology, and syntactic structure.





Cradl member Peggy Gallagher presented at the World Council on Educational Sciences in Barcelona in February 2012 with Latife Ozaydin, a faculty member at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey.  They presented on a system of recommendations for Early Intervention in Turkey based on their work at Georgia State while Ozaydin was a visiting scholar in the Fall of 2010.


Speakers in all cultures gesture when they talk, and these gestures differ as a function of the language they accompany. Do speakers learn language-specific gestures by watching others gesture or by simply learning to speak a particular language? Dr. Şeyda Özçalışkan, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow at the University of Chicago, aimed to answer this question by studying the speech and gestures produced by congenitally blind child and adult speakers learning structurally different languages (English, Turkish) in two different cultures (Turkey, United States).