Timothy S. Klitz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Degrees: Ph.D. Psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. Integrated Science Program, Northwestern University; B.A. Psychology, Northwestern University

Timothy Klitz is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He teaches courses in elementary psychology, cognitive psychology, and sensation & perception. Dr. Klitz’s research interests are centered around the topic of reading, a skill that encompasses skills in the areas of both visual and cognitive processing.

Dr. Klitz is the faculty mentor for the W&J Women’s soccer team, and also is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for Washington & Jefferson College.

Dr. Kiltz’s wife, Dr. Jane Caldwell, is a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently running her own Etsy shop selling items for children. Their daughter, Erin, is full of energy and wears them out!

Publications

  • Legge, G.E., Hooven, T.A., Klitz, T.S., Mansfield, J.S., & Tjan, B.S. (2002). Mr. Chips 2002: New Insights from an Ideal-Observer Model of Reading. Vision Research, 42(18), 2219-2234. Link to entry
  • Klitz, T.S., Tjan, B.S., & Legge, G.E. (2000). Saccade Planning in Reading with Central Scotomas: Comparison of Human and Ideal Performance. In A. Kennedy, R. Radach, D. Heller, & J. Pynte (Eds.), Reading as a Perceptual Process. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Link to entry
  • Klitz, T.S. (1999). Comparing Human Performance with an Ideal-Observer Model of Reading. Vision '99 - International Conference on Low Vision. New York.
  • Legge, G.E., Klitz, T.S., & Tjan, B.S. (1998). Mr. Chips: An Ideal-Observer Model of Reading. Fifth European Workshop on Language Comprehension. Luminy, France.
  • Legge, G.E., Ahn, S.J., Klitz, T.S., & Luebker, A. (1997). Psychophysics of Reading. XVI. The visual span in normal and low vision. Vision Research, 37(14), 1999-2010. Link to entry
  • Legge, G.E., Klitz, T.S., & Tjan, B.S. (1997). Mr. Chips: An Ideal-Observer Model of Reading. Psychological Review, 104(3), 524-553. Link to entry
  • Klitz, T.S., Legge, G.E., Mansfield, J.S., & Luebker, A. (1997). Integration of Letter Information Across a Simulated Central Scotoma. ARVO Annual Meeting (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 38(suppl), S647.
  • Gilmore, G.C., Thomas, C.W., Klitz, T.S., Persanyi, M., & Tomsak, R. (1996). Contrast Enhancement Eliminates Letter Identification Speed Deficits in Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 2(4), 307-320. Link to entry
  • Klitz, T.S., Mansfield, J.S. & Legge, G.E. (1995). Reading Speed is Affected by Font Transitions. ARVO Annual Meeting (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 36(4, suppl), S670.
  • Klitz, T.S. & Legge, G.E. (1994). Modeling the Visual Span in Reading. ARVO Annual Meeting (Sarasota, Florida). Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 35(4, suppl), 1994.
  • Klitz, T.S., Mansfield, J.S. & Legge, G.E. (1992). Font ‘Pop-Out’ in Text Images. OSA Annual Meeting (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Optical Society of America Annual Meeting Technical Digest, 23, 170.
  • Gilmore, G.C., Thomas, C.W., Klitz, T.S., Persanyi, M., & Tomsak, R. (1992). Contrast Enhancement Eliminates Letter Identification Speed Deficits in Alzheimer's Disease. ARVO Annual Meeting (Sarasota, Florida). Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 33(4, suppl), 1415.