Nadine Gaab

Nadine Gaab

Associate Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Nadine Gaab received her PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and received postdoctoral training at Stanford University and MIT. She started her first faculty position at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2007 and switched to her current position in January 2021. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on typical/atypical learning trajectories from infancy to adulthood with a special emphasis on language and reading development and the role of the environment in shaping these trajectories. Her work is at the intersection of neuroscience, education, EdTech, and policy within a learning disability framework.  Her laboratory employs longitudinal behavioral and neuroimaging studies to characterize differences in learning as a complex outcome of cumulative risk and protective factors interacting within and across genetic, neurobiological, cognitive, and environmental levels from infancy to adulthood. Her theoretical work focuses on early multifactorial frameworks of learning differences with an emphasis on screening, early identification, and ‘preventive education’. Additionally, one important key aspect of her work is the translation of our research findings to address contemporary challenges in educational and clinical practice and policy. 
She is the 2019 recipient of the LDA Award (Learning Disabilities Association America) for her work on learning disabilities. In 2018, Nadine was presented with the Allan C. Crocker Award for her advocacy on behalf of children with dyslexia and reading disabilities and efforts around the recent passage of the Massachusetts screening legislation (under the guidance of Decoding Dyslexia MA). She has also been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association in her receipt of the Norman Geschwind Memorial lecture 2020 and the Alice H. Garside Award for outstanding leadership in advancing the science and advocacy of dyslexia. She is an international speaker, frequently presenting to teachers on the brain science of typical and atypical literacy development as well as best screening practices for early literacy milestones, dyslexia and reading impairments.