Ruth Wharton-McDonald

Phone: (603) 862-2380
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 202AB, Durham, NH 03824
Ruth Wharton-McDonald


  • Ph.D., Education, University at Albany
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • A.B., Psychology, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Early literacy development, particularly in school contexts

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 506: Literacy Tutoring - Elementary
  • EDUC 706: Intro to Reading Instruction
  • EDUC 706/806: Intro to Reading Instruction
  • EDUC 734: Children's Literature
  • EDUC 734/834: Children's Literature
  • EDUC 806: Intro to Reading Instruction
  • EDUC 834: Children's Literature
  • EDUC 902: Doctoral Pro-seminar
  • EDUC 907: Foundations Literacy Instructn

Selected Publications

Wharton-McDonald, R. M. (2018). The Role of Word Recognition in Beginning Reading: Getting the Words off the Page. In C. Cassano, & S. Dougherty (Eds.), Pivotal Research in Early Reading: Foundational Studies and Current Practices (first ed., pp. 142-159). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Wharton-McDonald, R. M. (2017). Reading Comprehension in the Middle Grades: Characteristics, Challenges, and Effective Supports. In S. Israel (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension, Second Edition (pp. 353-376). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Wharton-McDonald, R. M., with Pressley, M., & with Allington, R. (2015). Expert Literacy Teaching in the Primary Grades. In Reading Instruction that Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching (4th ed., pp. 277-313). New York, NY: Guilford Press.