The ability to communicate is essential to child development. One way children learn to communicate is through the written word, or reading. How are brain anatomy and brain function related to individual differences in reading abilities? Can we distinguish struggling readers from typical readers using brain imaging tools? The answers to these questions can help us understand why some children achieve academic success, while many others struggle to do so.

My research is focused on understanding the development of the brain systems that support support written and oral communication, as well as successful classroom learning. I’m also interested in how we can use this knowledge to help people with communication differences, such as dyslexia and autism.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University, where I study how brain anatomy is related to various literacy outcomes under the advisement of Dr. Tyler Perrachione at the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at Georgetown University under the mentorship of Dr. Guinevere Eden at the Center for the Study of Learning.