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Speech & Hearing Sciences
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Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Stanford University
Academic Expertise: 
Reading and Dyslexia
Brain Development

The overarching goal of my lab’s research is to understand the neural mechanisms that underlie the process of learning to read, and how these mechanisms differ in children with dyslexia. We use a collection of structural and function neuroimaging measurements to study how a child’s experience with reading instruction shapes the development of brain circuits that are specialized for this unique cognitive function. There are two sides to this work. On the one hand, advances in non-invasive, quantitative brain imaging technologies are opening a new window into the mechanisms that underlie learning. For children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, we hope to develop personalized intervention programs that are tailored to a child’s unique pattern of brain maturation. On the other hand, educational interventions provide a powerful tool for understanding how environmental factors shape brain development. Following children longitudinally through education programs is a means to understand basic principles of plasticity and brain development.

Recent Publications
Combining Citizen Science and Deep Learning to Amplify Expertise in Neuroimaging. (2019) Front Neuroinform 13(): 29 Keshavan A, Yeatman JD, Rokem A

Evaluating arcuate fasciculus laterality measurements across dataset and tractography pipelines. (2019 May 20) Hum Brain Mapp Bain JS, Yeatman JD, Schurr R, Rokem A, Mezer AA

Parallel spatial channels converge at a bottleneck in anterior word-selective cortex. (2019 May 14) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 116(20): 10087-10096 White AL, Palmer J, Boynton GM, Yeatman JD

Applying microstructural models to understand the role of white matter in cognitive development. (2019 Apr) Dev Cogn Neurosci 36(): 100624 Huber E, Henriques RN, Owen JP, Rokem A, Yeatman JD

Reading ability and phoneme categorization. (2018 Nov 15) Sci Rep 8(1): 16842 O'Brien GE, McCloy DR, Kubota EC, Yeatman JD