Sara Hart

W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair

Not recruiting a graduate student for Fall of 2024

Sara Hart

Contact Information



Ohio State University, 2010

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the sources of individual differences in cognitive abilities. I focus on examining how genetics and the environment interplay to influence development of reading and math skills, as well as general cognitive processing factors. Part of this work is identifying what specific aspects of the environment, such as the home literacy environment, are important to cognitive development. I am also interested in incorporating genetic and family environment information in the classroom.

I also work in the area of meta-science, particularly focused on supporting educational and developmental scientists in open science broadly and data sharing specifically.

Lab Description

Individual differences of reading and math skills, focusing on genetic influences, the home environment, the school environment and cognitive correlates. Reading and mathematics development, especially focusing on the relationships among component skills. The role of genetic effects on response to intervention. Data sharing and data management. Data repository creation. Methodology, particularly quantitative genetics.

Erbeli, F., Hart, S.A. & Taylor, J. (in press). Longitudinal associations among reading related skills and reading comprehension: A twin study. Child Development.

Little, C.W., Hart, S.A., Quinn, J.M., Tucker-Drob, E., Taylor, J., & Schatschneider, C. (2017). Exploring the co-development of reading fluency and reading comprehension: A twin study. Child Development, 88(3), 93-945. 

Little, C.W., Haughbrook, R. & Hart, S.A. (2017). Cross-study differences in the etiology of reading comprehension: A meta-analytical review of twin studies. Behavior Genetics, 47(1), 52-76.

Hart, S.A., Logan, J.A.R., Thompson, L.A., Kovas, Y., McLoughlin, G. & Petrill, S.A. (2016). A latent profile analysis of math achievement, numerosity, and math anxiety in twins. Journal of Educational Psychology, 108(2), 181-193.

Haughbrook, R., Hart, S.A., Schatschneider, C., & Taylor, J. (in press). Genetic and environmental influences on early literacy skills across school grade contexts.  Developmental Science.

Hart, S.A. (2016). Precision education initiative: Moving towards personalized education. Mind, Brain and Education, 10(4), 209-211.

Undergraduate Research

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