Executive Function and the Reading Brain Keynote


Mary-Clare Reynolds, LDA Executive Director mcreynolds@ldaamerica.org, 412.341.1515, ext. 206

Executive Function and the Reading Brain Keynote

Learning Disabilities Conference in Baltimore, Feb. 16-19

Pittsburgh, PA (January 24, 2017) – Leading researchers in two primary areas of importance to educators, professionals, parents, and individuals with learning disabilities will bring their findings and knowledge to the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s (LDA) 54th Annual International Conference on February 16-19 at the Baltimore (MD) Marriott Waterfront.

“Executive Function: A Foundation for Learning and Adaptation” will be addressed on Friday, Feb. 17, by Philip Zelazo, Ph.D., the Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor in the Institute of Child Development and Co-Director of the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of Minnesota. His research on executive function and its development has received the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.

Dr. Zelazo is a Fellow of APA and American Psychological Society and a scientific advisor for Vroom and Understood.org. He is lead developer of the executive function measures for the National Institutes of Health Toolbox and was editor of the Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology. He is the author of numerous books and papers on developmental social cognitive neuroscience, consciousness, and executive function.

“The Typical and Atypical Reading Brain: How a neurobiological framework of reading development can inform educational practice and policy” will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 18, by Nadine Gaab, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gaab has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and did postdoctoral training at Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her current research addresses contemporary challenges of education with neuroscientific methods from infancy to adulthood. She primarily focuses on auditory, language and music processing in the human brain and its applications for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills.

Leading experts in their fields will present sessions throughout the week focusing on adults with learning disabilities (LD), transition, advocacy/public policy, assessment/evaluation, cultural diversity, early childhood, instruction, legal justice, mental health, parents/families, post-secondary, professional preparation, related disorders, technology, and urban education. The exhibit hall will include vendors from software companies to private schools to summer camps and much more.

Register by January 31, 2017 to receive early bird rates. See conference and registration information at https://ldaamerica.org/events/annual-conference. Questions? Contact LDA at info@ldaamerica.org or (412) 341-1515.

About the Learning Disabilities Association of America:

The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is a non-profit organization of parents, professionals and adults with learning disabilities providing support, information, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities. For further information go to www.ldaamerica.org.

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