Joanna Christodoulou

C Level
MGH Institute of Health Professionals

Dr. Joanna A. Christodoulou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and leads the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Team in the Center for Health and Rehabilitation Research. She integrates roles as clinician, developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and educator, focusing her work on: Identifying risk factors from school and home contexts associated with learning challenges Investigating effective identification of learning difficulties across clinical and research settings Optimizing intervention practices for struggling students To explore these research areas, Dr. Christodoulou uses neuroimaging and behavioral tools and works with participants as young as four years old through adulthood. Her primary research focus has been on the development of reading and related skills, and approaches to harnessing individual variability to improve educational outcomes. In addition, Dr. Christodoulou studies the brain-behavior dynamic underlying reading and cognitive skills. Dr. Christodoulou's work has been supported locally, nationally, and internationally. She was awarded the Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award by the Learning & the Brain Foundation and the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (2014). She joined a select group of researchers at the White House (2015) to discuss education neuroscience topics and implications for practice. She also received a Faculty Research Fellowship Grant by the Institute (2014) to investigate the impact of summer experiences on reading for students with language-based learning disabilities.

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