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Speaker Series

Cognitive Neuroscience of Dyslexia – Summer Institute 2019

Note: This is a half-day seminar that runs the morning of Friday, July 12th. Consider also signing up for the afternoon session: Dyslexia and the Law.

This course is offered during our Dyslexia Academy for Educators week

Reading is an acquired skill that requires the establishment of a coordinated system including linguistic, motor, cognitive, and attentional systems. In this half-day seminar, we will explore the current research on the cognitive neuroscience of learning to read and how this process differs for children with reading difficulties. We will discuss neuro-plasticity and the connection to effective reading intervention, as well as the role of socioeconomic status. Throughout the session, we will identify common myths held by educators, clinicians, and parents and update misconceptions with current scientific perspectives.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • explain how the process of learning to read differs for children with reading difficulties
  • summarize how neuroplasticity and socioeconomic status connect to reading intervention
  • cite current scientific perspectives and research related to the cognitive neuroscience of learning to read



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.


This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Basic Communication Processes area).

Course Information

Certificate of Attendance
0.25 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 12, 2019
8:30am - 11:30am

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars contributed to their professional growth.

About the Instructor

Joanna Christodoulou, PhD

Dr. Joanna Christodoulou leads the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Team to study the brain and behavior links underlying reading development and difficulty. She is assistant professor at the MGH Institute, adjunct lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and research affiliate at MIT. Current research focuses on reading intervention and summer reading growth. She was awarded the 2014 award for Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award from the Learning & the Brain Foundation and the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and was invited to join the first White House Workshop on Neuroscience and Learning.



Financial: Dr. Christodoulou receives an honorarium from Landmark School as an invited speaker. She also receives a salary from the following institutions that may be referenced during her presentation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP), Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Additionally, Dr. Christodoulou receives a consulting fee from Boston Children’s Hospital and her work is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Christodoulou is a board member of the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA).

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