Karen Russo, Ed.D.

Karen Russo, Ed.D.


Child Study BK
Literacy and Cognition BK



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  • Dillon Child Study Center, Second floor


Ed.D., Instructional Leadership, St. John's University

M.S., Reading, St. John's University

B.A., Psychology, St. John's University


Dr. Karen Russo holds several New York State certifications and licenses, and has taught at schools throughout New York, including Queens College and various public elementary schools. She has also provided mentoring and literacy intervention instruction at St. John’s University. Currently an associate professor in child study at St. Joseph’s University, New York, Dr. Russo specializes in the teaching/learning process and has written many articles and given presentations on the subject. She offers professional development to teachers in both public and parochial schools.

Dr. Russo has received a number of honors, such as the All-American Scholar Award, Excellence in Research Award and Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. She is a member of such organizations as the International Reading Association, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa.

She has served on editorial boards of two peer-reviewed journals: Insights on Learning Disabilities and Reading Writing Quarterly, and one online magazine, Strategies for Successful Learning. Dr. Russo actively volunteers with Island Harvest and is an associate of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Early childhood literacy

Content-area literacy

Nontraditional teaching and learning methods

Select Publications

Favre, L.R. & Russo, K. (Eds.) (2012). Response to intervention: Ten years later…The process, instruction and interventions that make a difference. Insights on Learning Disabilities 9(2).

Russo, K. (2010). Maximizing motivation: What parents and teachers can do to understand and inspire the struggling reader. In N. Wamba & T. Citro (Eds.), Learning differences: Research, practice, and advocacy. Weston, MA: Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc.

Egal, S. & Russo, K. (2010). From pre-service to practice: The implications of teaching future educators in non-traditional ways. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 14(1), 131-138.

Dunn, R., Honigsfeld, A., Shea Doolan, L., Bostrom, L., Russo, K., Schiering, M.S., Suh, B., & Tenedero, H. (Jan/Feb 2009). Impact of learning-style instructional strategies on students' achievement and attitudes: Perceptions of educators in diverse institutions. The Clearing House 82(3), 135-140.

Russo, K. (2008). Teaching young children to read with kinesthetic games. In R. Dunn & B.E. Blake (Eds.), Teaching Every Child To Read: Innovative and Practical Strategies for K-8 Educators and Caretakers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
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