Dr. Marion Blank has spent over fifty years studying how children learn to read and is recognized by her peers as one of the world's top experts in literacy and language. In addition to being the creator of the “Phonics-plus” system that is the basis for the Reading Kingdom program, she also served on the faculty of Columbia University where she developed and ran the Light on Literacy Program.
Dr. Blank obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Psychology from the University of Cambridge in England. She then went to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she participated in a research unit on human behavioral development and directed the teaching program of the Interdisciplinary Training Program. Subsequently, she was a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Medical School where she directed the research unit in reading disabilities.
Among her many achievements, she has lectured extensively around the globe, served as a consultant to government bureaus in many different countries, received numerous awards and commendations, authored the widely used Preschool Language Assessment Instrument (PLAI), developed the award-winning and highly successful Sentence Master computer program that teaches reading, created the Phonics Plus Five Reading Program, and written over sixty articles and seven books on language and literacy, including “The Reading Remedy.” Described by Kirkus Reviews as "an invaluable resource," “The Reading Remedy” explains Dr. Blank's reading system in depth.
Dr. Blank is a member and fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of Children with Learning Disabilities. She has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals concerned with the issues of language and learning (e.g., Child Development, Applied PsychoLinguistics, Early Child Development and Care) as well as the boards of numerous committees including the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Blank has also made numerous television appearances, including ABC News, CBS News, FOX and the BBC.
Columbia University, MPH (Public Health)
Rutgers Medical School, Family Therapy Institute
Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, Ph.D.
City College of New York, M.S. in Education
City College of New York, B.A. (Valedictorian)