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Laurie Cutting

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor, Department of Special Education

Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D., is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, Psychology and Human Development, Radiology, and Pediatrics and was selected to be the 2017-2018 Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University. She is also Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, training faculty for Vanderbilt's Neuroscience Ph.D. program, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. Her work focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of learning, with a particular emphasis on reading disabilities, language, and executive function. Currently, she is the principal investigator of NIH-funded research projects on reading and reading comprehension and a co-investigator on other NIH- and NSF- projects focused on cognitive development as well as reading and math development and intervention. In 2018, she was awarded an NIH Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, she was a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. During her doctoral work at Northwestern University, she completed internships at Yale University School of Medicine's Center for Learning and Attention and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In 2002-2003, she completed an AAAS NIH science policy fellowship, and from 2007-2009 was appointed to the Federal Reading First Advisory Panel. She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications focusing on reading, reading disabilities, and other learning disorders and regularly reviews for the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies.