Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director, Mind, Brain, and Education
Faculty Assistant: Ela Sikorska
In addition to her work at HGSE, Ola Ozernov-Palchik is a postdoctoral associate at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in John Gabrieli’s research group. She applies neuroimaging, psychoeducational, and cognitive methods to investigating individual differences in dyslexia in emerging readers. Ozernov-Palchik is interested in the interplay between children and their environment in shaping the development of reading skills. In addition to her current position at MIT, she has worked and collaborated with research teams at Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts University, MGH Institute of Health Professionals, Boston University, The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), University of Oregon, and Southern Methodist University (SMU). Before transitioning to cognitive neuroscience research of reading and language development, she worked for six years in the Institute for Evidence Based Education at SMU conducting educational research evaluating reading and math curricula and developing an early literacy assessment.
The reciprocity between research and real-world practices is an important goal of her work, and in addition to scientific publications and presentations, she has been speaking and writing to parents, teachers, and legislatures on the topics of early dyslexia identification and remediation. Ozernov-Palchik is a recent recipient of International Dyslexia Association Early Career Researcher Award for Contributions to Research. She received a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in counseling from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. in cognitive science and child development from Tufts University.