Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Our Team

Faculty

Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D.

  • Patricia and Rodes Hart Endowed Chair
  • Professor of Special Education, Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University
  • Director of the Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab at Vanderbilt University
  • laurie.cutting@vanderbilt.edu

Laurie E. Cutting

Dr. Cutting received her degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1997 from Northwestern University. During her doctoral work at Northwestern University, she completed internships at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Yale University School of Medicine's Center for Learning and Attention, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Cutting subsequently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Cognitive Neurology/Neuroscience at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cutting then joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a Research Scientist and faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 2002-2003, she completed an AAAS Executive Branch Science Policy fellowship. Prior to moving to Vanderbilt, Dr. Cutting was an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Cutting moved to Vanderbilt University in September 2009 and is currently Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Education and Human Development at Peabody College, with appointments in Special Education and Psychology; se also holds appointments in Radiology and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine. Dr. Cutting is the Director of the Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab at Vanderbilt University, which focuses on cognitive neuroscience research as related to educational issues. In particular, the lab conducts research regarding neurobiology and the treatment of reading disabilities, as well as other developmental disabilities. Dr. Cutting is also a key faculty member for the Educational Neuroscience Ph.D. program.

Sheryl L. Rimrodt-Frierson, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education, Vanderbilt University
  • Senior Research Scientist of the Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab at Vanderbilt University
  • sheryl.l.rimrodt@vanderbilt.edu

Sheryl L. Rimrodt, M.D.

Dr. Sheryl L. Rimrodt-Frierson is a developmental pediatrician with board certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She obtained her B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University, her M.D. from University of California, San Diego, and her post-doctoral training in Neurodevelopmental Disabililties at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While at Johns Hopkins, Sheryl was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Research Scientist within the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Developmental Cognitive Neurology, Education and Brain Research Program (EBRP). Her current appointments are as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education, Vanderbilt University and Senior Research Scientist of the Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab at Vanderbilt University.

Staff

Julie Delheimer, B.S.

Julie Delheimer

Julie’s primary responsibilities include recruiting, consenting, and intake screening of research participants, as well as the daily progress for most of Dr. Cutting’s projects. Although she started out with dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher, Julie ultimately received her B.S in Psychology in May 1985 from University of Illinois. After many years of working as a Research Analyst in Adult Psychology research at the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt, in December 2010 she transferred to VU Special Education with EBRL. Julie enjoys finding new ways to make the research experience in the lab enjoyable and rewarding for the children and their families.

Hannah Rowland, M.Ed.

HannahRowland

Hannah manages the lab's behavioral team, which includes training & supervising graduate research assistants, overseeing behavioral data collection & storage, as well as reporting results to participant families. Hannah earned her B.A. in Psychology and French from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. While working on her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University, Hannah served as a research assistant in the Education and Brain Sciences Research Laboratory. After graduating in 2012, she joined the lab full-time.

Angela Sefick, B.S.

AngelaSefcik

Angela’s primary responsibilities include recruitment, consent, and intake screening of research participants. She also manages IRB communications and Dr. Cutting’s Adult study. She received her B.A. in biology at Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health education. Previously, she worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Department of Hematology and Oncology in the School Intervention Program as a research assistant. Her research interests include public health education and primary prevention of chronic illness, especially in children.

Laura Barquero

Laura is a doctoral student in Special Education. She received her M.S. in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University and worked in labs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Stem Cell Biology before beginning her PhD program. Her current research interests include reading difficulties, response to reading intervention, and functional neuroimaging.

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