Developed by Dr. Pauline Cogan
Dr. Pauline Cogan originally trained as a Primary School Teacher in Carysfort College Dublin, before going on to study languages in University College Dublin where she acquired her Higher Diploma in Education. After working for many years as a teacher both in Dublin and abroad, Pauline studied Psychology, Neurology and Linguistics and obtained an MSc in Neurolinguistics from Vrei Universitat Brussel. Ultimately she was awarded her PhD by Trinity College Dublin, through research in the area of Dyslexia. During her time in Brussels Pauline worked as a Neurolinguist in a multi-disciplinary medical/paramedical team at Brugmann Hospital where she was engaged in rehabilitation of individuals with brain trauma and strokes, assisting medical teams on the Locked-In Syndrome and she developed a test to help neurologists recognise the condition.
Pauline has had a life-long interest in social and educational justice with a principal focus on learning difficulties. For over a decade she has researched and studied the causes of literacy difficulties in children and has operationalised this knowledge into child and classroom friendly tasks. With the help of teachers, the school community, the Department of Education and Skills, Irish National Teachers' Organisation, and other bodies (in particular Blackrock Education Centre), Pauline, driven by research, policy and practice, has developed TEST2r. This is a comprehensive test used to screen and pin-point the emergent literacy skills which a 5 – 6 year old child should have acquired. It is an objective measure of a child’s performance based on all of the theories of why children fail to learn. TEST2r provides an individual report on each child and pointers to intervention and resources.
Pauline is an honorary member of the board of Dyslexia International Tools & Technologies, a portal to UNESCO. She serves on the National Executive Committee of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) and is Editor of LEARN. Pauline is also a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland. She has lectured internationally for organisations such as The International School Psychology Association (Amsterdam), The American University in Rome, The British Dyslexia Association, The National Disability Authority, ILSA, and was a key note speaker at the Dyslexia Association of Ireland at their European Conference in Dublin. Pauline continues to share her experience with Education Centres, schools and parents throughout Ireland.
Her marriage to Frank Cogan, a career diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs brought travel and experience of worldwide cultures. They have two children (Roger and Elizabeth) and two beautiful grandchildren.