Marv Simner

Dr. Marvin Simner

Professor Emeritus - Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences

Office: SSC 7334
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 84693

  • Bio

  • Publications

  • Research

Biographical Information

B.A. - Syracuse University, 1963
M.Sc. - North Carolina State University at Raleigh, 1964
Ph.D. - University of Cincinnati, 1967

Selected Publications

Simner, M. L. (2003). Promoting skilled handwriting: The Kindergarten path to meaningful written communication. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Psychological Association.

Simner, M. L., & Goffin, R. D. (2003). A position statement by the International Graphonomics Society on the use of graphology in personnel selection testing. International Journal of Testing, 3, 353-364.

Simner, M. L., & Smits-Englesman, B.C.M. (2001). The use of foreign copybook patterns to determine the country of origin of the author of a questioned document. In M. L. Simner, & P. Girouard (Eds.), Advances in forensic document examination: Selected papers from the ninth biennial conference of the International Graphonomics Society. Journal of Forensic Document Examination, 13, 57-70.

Simner, M. L., & Eidlitz, M. R. (2000). Towards an empirical definition of developmental dysgraphia: Preliminary findings. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 16, 103-110.

Simner, M. L. (1998). Promoting reading success: Phonological awareness activities for the kindergarten child. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Psychological Association.

Simner, M. L. (1998). Use of the TOEFL as a university admission requirement: A position statement by the Canadian Psychological Association. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 14, 261-265.

Simner, M. L. (1998). The origin of class characteristics: An empirical investigation of a major principle in forensic document examination. Journal of Forensic Document Examination, 11, 39-50.

Simner, M. L., Leedham, G., & Thomassen, A. (Eds.). (1996). Handwriting and drawing research: Basic and applied issues. IOS Press: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


The primary aim of my research is to develop procedures to identify and assist preschool children at risk of early school failure. A secondary aim is to assist law enforcement agencies in detecting forgeries in handwritten material.