MARVEL Lab

Motivational Adolescent Research in Vocabulary and Expressive Literacy (MARVEL) Lab

Mission

The mission of the Motivational Adolescent Research in Vocabulary & Expressive Literacy (MARVEL) Lab (Dr. Ginger Collins, CCC-SLP, Pricipal Investigator) at University of Montana is to conduct research on motivating contextualized language interventions with adolescents who struggle with language and literacy acquisition. 

People and Projects

Dr. Ginger Collins directs the MARVEL Lab. She currently conducts evidence-based research in conjunction with Dr. Julie Wolter of UM LLEAD Lab to determine best practices for implementing contenxtulatized language intervention with adolescents. This research is conducted in conjunction with Dr. Collins' camp CHRONICLE in which children with language literacy deficets engage in classroom based comic-book-creation language therapy in an intensive therapy format.

Impact

Research within the MARVEL Lab is focused on providing insights into how best to help adolencents with language literacy deficets achieve academic success in a motivating context. Ultimately goals of the research include a) developing ideal classroom based models for contenxtualized adolescent language intervention, b) creating evidence-based language literacy curriculum to be implemented across education settings (multi-tiered systems of support).