Episode 5 - Interview with Dr. Nadine Gaab (Harvard Graduate School of Education)


What’s inside: In this episode, we speak with Dr. Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Medical School and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research within the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on the brain correlates of reading development in typical and atypical children as well as possible pre-markers of developmental dyslexia in preschoolers and infants. Dr. Gaab uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive brain imaging tool, as well as behavioral measurement tools to study the reading brain.

Dr. Gaab’s work at Harvards’s Gaab Lab looks at the neurological basis for reading difficulties. A recent focus of the Gaab Lab’s community engagement has centered around promoting awareness of early identification of students at risk for reading difficulty through universal screening in pre-k and k.

Classroom Implications: Dr. Gaab explains in this episode, that teachers can and should screen for reading difficulties in their classroom starting in pre-k and k.

Screenings should be short (15-20 minutes) but comprehensive in scope, addressing the age-appropriate components that contribute to successful reading acquisition including:

  • phonological awareness

  • letter/sound knowledge

  • rapid automatized naming speed

  • language comprehension

  • family history of reading difficulty

Learn more about our guest: To learn more about Dr. Gaab, head to the Gaab Lab or follow her on twitter @GaabLab.

Below are some links to research and published works referenced in this episode (full text included where possible):