Kayleigh Ryherd successfully defended her dissertation last Thursday. The dissertation is entitled “Exploring the role of language in two systems for categorization.” Way to go!
A paper investigating gene-brain-behavior relationships in children ages 5-12 was just published from the LandiLab. This paper shows that variation in SETBP1 is associated with reading-related behaviors as well as activation in the right inferior parietal lobule.
A paper by Kayleigh and Nicole was recently accepted into Scientific Studies of Reading entitled “Category learning in Poor Comprehenders.” This study shows that poor comprehenders learn categories without any directed instruction have difficulty modifying learning strategies when directed instruction is provided.
Last Monday Meaghan successfully defended her master’s thesis entitled “Associations between cortical structure and reading skills in beginning readers.” Great work, Meaghan!
Kaja Jasińska (former LandiLab postdoc) is the 2018 recipient of the Society for fNIRS Early Investigator Award! Congratulations Kaja!!
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN NEUROIMAGING (MRI and DTI)
The LandiLab (PI: Nicole Landi, PhD) at Haskins Laboratories (which is closely affiliated with Yale and the University of Connecticut) is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research fellow. This postdoc will join a project investigating the neurobiological basis (brain structure, genetics) of reading. The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting and interpreting analyses of neuroimaging data (structural and diffusion imaging data). This position is part of a multi-site project (Haskins Laboratories, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine) that is aggregating and analyzing neuroimaging and genotyping data from multiple locations to explore gene-brain-behavior relationships. Applicants must have a background conducting research using MRI. The ideal candidate will also have experience with diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and experience with advanced statistical analysis of imaging data (e.g. imaging-genetic analyses, Bayesian methods, machine learning). For details regarding required qualifications and application procedure, please visit this page.
The LandiLab was well-represented at this year’s New England Research on Dyslexia conference. Thanks to Nicole and Meaghan for taking the lead in organizing!
The 3rd annual meeting of the New England Research on Dyslexia (NERDY) Society will be held on October 21st, 2017, at the University of Connecticut.
he New England Research Group on Dyslexia is an interdisciplinary community of researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy experts, whose work aims at elucidating the biological, including psychological, and social underpinnings of Developmental Dyslexia and related disorders with the objective of improving prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment/intervention and social support (including legal, political, and public health) associated with this learning disability.
The NERDY community draws broadly from different academic settings (schools, universities, research institutes) in New England to bring together scholars with a common commitment both to empirical research and to multidisciplinary dialogue.
Visit the NERDY website for more information on the meeting!
All congratulations to Meaghan Perdue, who has been selected for a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. This prestigious award comes with three years of funding. Great work, Meaghan!
Meaghan Perdue, a new Ph.D student in Developmental Psychology, will be joining the lab this fall semester as well as the IGERT program as a fellow. She comes to us most recently from Dr. Nadine Gaab’s lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. Meaghan has experience studying both typical and atypical early reading development using multiple methods. For more info on her, see our people page. The Landi lab enthusiastically welcomes Meaghan!