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Maryanne Wolf, PhD

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 Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psycholinguistics on the reading brain, literacy’s development, and dyslexia. Selected awards include Distinguished Professor of the Year from the Massachusetts Psychological Association and the Teaching Excellence Award for Universities from the American Psychological Association. For her work in dyslexia, she has received the Alice Ansara Award, the Norman Geschwind Lecture Award, and the Samuel Orton Award (the International Dyslexia Association’s highest honors). For her research, she has received the NICHD Shannon Award for Innovative Research, which resulted in the RAVE-O reading intervention program; the Distinguished Researcher Award; a Fulbright Research Fellowship for work on dyslexia in Germany; and the Christopher Columbus Award for intellectual discovery for her most recent work in Ethiopia and South Africa on global literacy. This cross-disciplinary work is conducted in conjunction with the MIT Media Lab, Georgia State University and was the topic of three invited lectures to the Vatican Academy of Sciences in 2014 and 2015. Most recently, Maryanne received the Eminent Researcher Award for 2016 from Learning Difficulties Australia and the Dyslexia Researcher Award from the Windward School. The author of over 130 scientific publications, Wolf wrote Proust and the Squid; The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, which has received numerous awards and is now translated into 13 languages. She has recently completed Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century and will publish Letter to the Good Reader: The Future of the Deep Reading Brain in the fall of 2017.