Jason Yeatman


Stanford University

Dr. Jason Yeatman is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education 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 (https://www.brainandeducation.com/), 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 variety of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques to study how a child’s experience with reading instruction shapes the development of brain circuits that are specialized for this unique cognitive function. More recently the lab has transitioned to developing and scaling new approaches to educational assessment – the Rapid Online Assessment of Reading or ROAR (https://roar.stanford.edu/).