Patricia and Rodes Hart Associate Professor of Special Education; Associate Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics; Faculty Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic
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Laurie Cutting's research program is focused on understanding brain-behavior relations as related to learning and communication in children and adolescents. Her research is particularly focused on reading disabilities, language, and executive function. She also studies the congitive and neurobiological profile of Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a genetic disorder that is commonly characterized by learning disabilities in childhood. Cutting uses methodologies such as neuropsychological testing in combination with various neuroimaging techniques (e.g., DTI, fMRI) and experimental measures, and some of her studies also include intervention components. Her overall research program focuses on understanding both the neurobiological and behavioral aspects of these disorders, with the goal of better understanding their etiology in order to ultimately design the most optimal interventions.
Much of the research completed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is made possible by the generous contributions of the people and families who participate in research studies. This researcher needs research subjects to complete the studies listed below.
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Video from the Developmental Disabilities Grand Rounds, featuring Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., on September 8, 2010.