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Jason Yeatman


Dr. Jason Yeatman is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Department of Psychology at Stanford University and the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Yeatman completed his PhD in Psychology at Stanford where he studied the neurobiology of literacy and developed new brain imaging methods for studying the relationship between brain plasticity and learning. After finishing his PhD, he took a faculty position at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences before returning to Stanford.

As the director of the Brain Development and Education Lab, the overarching goal of his research is to understand the mechanisms that underlie the process of learning to read, how these mechanisms differ in children with dyslexia, and to design literacy intervention programs that are effective across the wide spectrum of learning differences. His lab employs a collection of structural and functional neuroimaging measurements to study how a child’s experience with reading instruction shapes the development of brain circuits that are specialized for this unique cognitive function.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Associate Professor, Psychology
Member, Bio-X
Member, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance
Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Program Affiliations

Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)
Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Child Development | Data Sciences | Early Childhood | Literacy and Language | Psychology | Research Methods | Special Education | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Roy, E., Richie-Halford, A., Kruper, J., Narayan, M., Bloom, D., Nedelec, P., … Yeatman, J. D. (2024). White matter and literacy: A dynamic system in flux. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 65, 101341.

Caffarra, S., Kanopka, K., Kruper, J., Richie-Halford, A., Roy, E., Rokem, A., & Yeatman, J. D. (2023). Development of the alpha rhythm is linked to visual white matter pathways and visual detection performance. The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience.

Barrington, E., Sarkisian, S. M., Feldman, H. M., & Yeatman, J. D. (2023). Rapid Online Assessment of Reading (ROAR): Evaluation of an Online Tool for Screening Reading Skills in a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics : JDBP, 44(9), e604–e610.

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