Dr. Yaqi Shen received her Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Pennsylvania State University. She also has a doctoral minor in Educational Psychology. Prior to pursuing the doctoral degree, she earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida State University.
As a former English language learner and English teacher, Dr. Shen is interested in biliteracy development, literacy assessment, and classroom-based reading intervention. She aims to conduct studies to inform classroom instructional practices to improve the reading development of students from diverse first language backgrounds. Her current project investigates different types of Chinese and English morphological awareness and their relationship to English reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge for Chinese-English bilinguals at the middle school level.
Dr. Shen has given multiple presentations at national conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Literacy Research Association, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Her works were published in Reading and Writing as well as Journal of Research in Reading. Her coauthored article received the 2022 Research in Literacy Education Award from the United Kingdom Literacy Association.