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LauraCuttingThe Dyslexia Foundation (TDF) is proud to announce the new Chair of the TDF Scientific Advisory Board. On March 16th, 2015, Laurie Cutting, PhD, Patricia and Rodes Hart Endowed Chair and Professor, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, will become the new chair of TDF's scientific Board. Dr. Cutting holds faculty appointments in special education, psychology, radiology and pediatrics at Vanderbilt and is a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT. Dr. Cutting is currently the director of the Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab at Vanderbilt, which combines cognitive neuroscience and educational perspectives to better understand the neurobiological and behavioral underpinnings of reading, oral language, and dyslexia.

Dr. Cutting will be replacing Glenn Rosen, PhD, of Harvard University, who has served as chair for the last 8 years. Dr. Rosen is the current director of the first dyslexia research lab in the country looking at the neurological foundations of dyslexia.

The TDF Scientific Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and direction for the foundation's research and scientific symposia. The board plays a key role in guiding and prioritizing TDF research efforts and advises TDF Trustees on future efforts the board should consider. The majority of board members have served as organizers for symposia as part of the TDF Extraordinary Brain Series.

The Extraordinary Brain symposia over the last 25 years have helped advance the scientific knowledge of dyslexia, specifically in the areas of cognition, neuroscience, intervention and education related to dyslexia. There have been 15 symposia resulting in 14 edited volumes to date.


The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF), a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to identify and assist children with dyslexia – to establish higher levels of learning through specialized programs promoting better reading.

OUR MISSION is to promote scientific breakthroughs in the early detection, prevention and remediation of dyslexia and related reading difficulties. To disseminate new findings and deploy new evidence based approaches. To prevent the suffering caused by reading failure and unlock the full potential of children and adults with dyslexia so that they may personally succeed and contribute to society.

You can also support our important work by becoming a member of The Dyslexia Foundation.  Membership with The Dyslexia Foundation will give you access to the latest research from our affiliates, members and partnering organizations.  It also helps us achieve our mission goals and help people around the globe learn about and overcome the difficulties of dyslexia.