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Director

Joanna Christodoulou profile

Joanna Christodoulou, EdD
Director

Telephone: (617) 643-1482
Email: jchristodoulou@mghihp.edu

 

 

Dr. Christodoulou is Assistant Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions, as well as  Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research is situated at the intersection of education and neuroscience, and aims to use behavioral and brain data to improve student outcomes and optimize educational interventions for struggling learners. Learn more about Dr. Christodoulou.


Postdoctoral Researchers

 

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Noor Al Dahhan, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

 

 

 

Noor Al Dahhan is a postdoctoral associate in the BEAM lab. She is fundamentally interested in examining the neural mechanisms that support neurocognitive development and how these mechanisms differ in individuals with various neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and dyslexia. Read more about Dr. Dahhan.

 

Anila D'Mello

 

Anila D’Mello, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

 

Anila is a postdoctoral associate in the Gabrieli Lab at MIT. She is interested in exploring the neural underpinnings of language behaviors across neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and dyslexia.

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Rachel Romeo, PhD, CCC-SLP

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

 

Rachel is a postdoctoral fellow in Translational Neurodevelopment at Boston Children's Hospital and the Gabrieli Lab at MIT. Her research explores environmental factors contributing to children’s neural and cognitive development, specifically their language and reading acquisition. 


Doctoral Researchers

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Laura Mesite, EdD(c)

Doctoral Researcher

 

 

Laura Mesite is a Doctoral Candidate in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in how sociocultural and cognitive factors affect language and reading development. She is specifically interested in how factors such as socioeconomic status and English language proficiency play a role in the identification and remediation of reading disabilities among children in the U.S.


Research Affiliates

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Heather Beckius, MS '18, SLP-CF

 

 

 

Heather is a 2018 graduate of the MS in Speech-Language Pathology at the MGH Institute, and a speech-language pathologist at Boston Public Schools. 

Parnika Bhatia

 

Parnika Bhatia, MA-MBE

 

 

 

Parnika is a doctoral student at Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France.

Allegra Le

 

Allegra Le, MS '18

 

 

 

Allegra is a 2018 graduate of the MS in Speech-Language Pathology at the MGH Institute.

Neha Paranjpe

 

Neha Paranjpe, MS '18, SLP-CF
 

 

 

Neha is a 2018 graduate of the MS in Speech-Language Pathology at the MGH Institute.
 


Graduate Students

Claire Leong

 

Claire Leong, BA
Graduate Assistant
MA-MBE Candidate at HGSE

 

 

Claire is a graduate student in the MA in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Olivia Meegoda

Olivia Meegoda, BA
Graduate Assistant
Language and Literacy CAS Candidate

 

 

Olivia is a graduate student in the MS-SLP program at the MGH Institute and a candidate for the CAS Language and Literacy certificate. She is pursuing a thesis on reading fluency in populations with ADHD and Dyslexia and hopes to eventually work in the public school system as a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist.

 

Vanina Zack

 

Vanina Zack, BA
Graduate Assistant
MS-SLP Candidate

 

 

Vanina is a graduate student in the MS-SLP program at the MGH Institute.

 


 

Research Assistants

Andrea Imhof

 

Andrea Imhof, BA
Research Assistant

 

 

 

Dayna Wilmot

 

Dayna Wilmot, BA
Technical Assistant

 

 

Dayna recently graduated from MIT after majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in the structural basis of learning disorders in children.


 

BEAM Team Alumni

Lauren Baron

 

Lauren Baron, PhD '18, CCC-SLP, MS

 

 

 

Lauren is a 2018 graduate of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute. Lauren is now a postdoctoral research fellow and project coordinator in the South Carolina Research on Language and Literacy Lab at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She is working on two NIH-funded studies led by her mentor, Suzanne Adlof, PhD, that will investigate word learning and reading abilities in children with developmental language disorders from kindergarten through fourth grade. Tiffany Hogan is a Co-PI with Suzanne Adlof on one of the NIH studies.
 

Dessi Miles

 

Dessi Miles
SSJP Summer Research Intern

 

 

 

Mirschille Valmond

 

Mirschille Valmond
SSJP Summer Research Intern