Professional Advisory Board

Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.


Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D., is an Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University. She is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Education and Human Development, Radiology, and Pediatrics. She is also head of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic, which serves children in need of tutoring in reading, including those with dyslexia. She is also a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories and a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. Her work encompasses both applied and theoretical underpinnings of reading development and disorders. Currently, she is the principal investigator of NIH-funded research projects on reading and reading comprehension and a co-investigator on other NIH-funded and Department of Education-funded projects on reading and reading disabilities. She focuses on brain-behavior relations in children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on reading disabilities, language and executive function. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, she was is 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 NIH science policy fellowship and from 2007-2009 was appointed to the Federal Reading First Advisory Panel. She has authored or co-authored over 75 publications focusing on reading, reading disabilities, other learning disorders, and ADHD, and regular reviews for the National Institutes of Health.

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