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  • Katherine Travis

    Katherine Travis

    Instructor, Pediatrics - Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

    Bio I began working at Stanford after obtaining my PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. My doctoral research investigated the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological correlates of word understanding abilities in healthy 1-2 year old infants, bilingual and hearing impaired adults. I am experienced using a range of human neuroimaging techniques including magneto and electro-encephalography as well as structural MRI techniques, including diffusion and quantitative MRI in pediatric populations.

    I am most interested in studying the neural bases of language and reading skills in young children. Presently, I am applying advanced neuroimaging techniques, including diffusion and quantitative MRI, to examine how white matter structures of the brain contribute to reading and language skills in both healthy children and children born pre-term. Understanding both the neural and behavioral factors underlying these skills will help to identify children who are at greatest risk for learning difficulties. In later stages of this research, I will assist in developing and assessing interventional strategies for improving reading abilities in children at risk for delays.