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Maryanne Wolf

Tufts University

Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, and Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work on the neurological underpinnings of reading, language, and dyslexia. Among her awards for teaching and research are the Distinguished Professor of the Year award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the Teaching Excellence Award from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Researcher Award from Tufts University, a Fulbright Research Fellowship award for research on dyslexia in Germany, the Norman Geschwind Lecture Award and the Samuel Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association for contributions from neuroscience research to dyslexia, the Alice Ansara Award for work in dyslexia. Along with colleagues Dr. Robin Morris, and Dr. Maureen Lovett, Prof. Wolf was awarded the NICHD Shannon Award for Innovative Research and several multi-year NICHD grants to investigate new approaches to reading intervention. The RAVE-O reading intervention program, created by Prof. Wolf and members of the Center, emerged from these federally funded studies. In addition, neurologist Martha Denckla and Wolf published the RAN and RAS tests of naming speed, one of the major predictors of dyslexia across all known languages.

The author of over 130 scientific publications, Wolf wrote the book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain for the general public. Published by Harper-Collins in the United States and by Icon Books in England, it is now translated into thirteen languages and audio version. Described as one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and an Acclaimed Book of the Year by US News and World Report, this book received the Marek Award from the New York International Dyslexia Association for the best book of the year on reading.

Wolf’s research interests include reading development and intervention, early prediction, fluency and naming speed, cross-linguistic studies of reading, the relationship between entrepreneurial talents and dyslexia, the relationships between components of music and reading, the role of African-American English dialect use in reading disabilities, the uses of brain imaging in understanding dyslexia, and most recently, the role of technology in literacy development for children with no access to schools or teachers around the world.