Few skills are as integral to successful child development as the ability to read. For all children, the process of learning to read alters brain structure and function. This means that the reading brain can provide unique insight into neuroplasticity in child development.

My research is focused on understanding the development of the brain systems that support reading, including those that support written and oral communication and successful classroom learning. I’m also interested in how we can use this knowledge to help struggling readers, like those with dyslexia.

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