G. Michael Pressley

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George Michael Pressley (April 25, 1951 – May 22, 2006) was an American educational psychologist. He received the E. L. Thorndike Award in 2004.[1][2][3][4]

He was born on April 25, 1951, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1973 and received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 1977.[5]

He was a senior author of the Open Court Reading program.[6]

He published more than 350 articles and books. He had served as the editor of Scientific Studies in Reading and Journal of Educational Psychology.[7] Pressley died in May 2006 at the age of 55 from cancer, having previously overcome three battles with the disease in his life.[8]


  1. ^ Graham, Steve, and Karen R. Harris. "Michael Pressley (1951–2006)." Contemporary Educational Psychology 31.4 (2006): 377-386.
  2. ^ Flowerday, Terri, and Michael F. Shaughnessy. "An Interview with G. Michael Pressley." Educational Psychology Review 19.1 (2007): 1-12.
  3. ^ Brownell, Mary T., and Chriss Walther-Thomas. "An Interview With...: Dr. Michael Pressley" Intervention in School and Clinic 36.2 (2000): 105-8.
  4. ^ Graham, Steve, and Karen R. Harris. "In Memory of Michael Pressley: A Role Model for 21st-Century Educational Psychologists." Educational Psychologist 43.2 (2008): 65-69.
  5. ^ Memorial Resolution: Michael Pressley University of Maryland, College of Education. February 2, 2007.
  6. ^ "Catholic School Champion: G. Michael Pressley // Alliance for Catholic Education". Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  7. ^ "Obituary: G. Michael Pressley". Education Week, 7 June 2006.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-10-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)