James “Mike” Royer, Ph.D.
Mike is the President of Educational Help, Inc., the parent company of Reading Success Lab. Mike was born in Pocatello Idaho, and grew up in Nevada and California. After graduation from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent most of the next 3 ½ years stationed in Frankfurt Germany, Samsun Turkey and Wakkanai Japan. After the Air Force he enrolled at Contra Costa College in San Pablo California and then transferred to California State University at Chico where he received his B.A. in 1967.
He received his M.S. degree from University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana Illinois in 1969 and his PhD degree in 1970. His first academic job was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, beginning in 1970, and he has stayed there until he retired as a Full Professor in 2007, but maintained an appointment as a Research Professor until 2012. He has had visiting faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, Arizona State University, South China Normal University in Guangzhou China, and Queensland University and The University of New England in Australia.
Mike has authored or edited 4 books and over 70 journal articles and book chapters. His research has been recognized by being elected to Fellow status in the Division of Educational Psychology and the Division of Experimental Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has also been elected President of the Division of Educational Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association.
Mike’s research has been supported by a series of grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Mike also has been very active in international literacy projects and has worked in Grenada, Haiti, Guatemala, Belize, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Indonesia. His international work has been supported by the US Agency for International Development, the Swiss Development Corporation, and the World Bank.