Few skills are as important as our ability to communicate. One way we communicate is through the written word, or reading. How is our brain’s anatomy related to our reading abilities? Can we distinguish struggling readers from typical readers using brain imaging tools?

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, like those with dyslexia or 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 under the mentorship of Dr. Guinevere Eden at Georgetown University.