Rachel R Romeo


Rachel R Romeo, MSc

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I am interested in the neural basis of language/communication acquisition and development. I am especially interested in conditions resulting from impoverished input during infancy and early childhood, including those resulting from physical factors (e.g., early deafness and/or hearing impairment) and those resulting from environmental factors (e.g., decreased verbal input due to sociocultural influences).

My research focuses on the development, functional organization, and processing ability of the speech and language systems in these children, and how this relates to their development of communication skills, cognitive skills, and academic achievement. This line of investigation often overlaps with the study of other communication impairments, such as developmental dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, and specific receptive/expressive language impairment. I aim to translate this work from the cognitive neuroscience field to clinical practice, in order to better inform the speech language therapy practice and educational policy. My ultimate goal is to ensure access to a language-rich environment for every child, despite any physical, cultural, or socioeconomic limitations.

I am currently a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, where I am conducting my research in the Gabrieli lab. Concurrently, I am also working towards obtaining my certificate of clinical competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP). I have previously received my MSc in Language Sciences from University College London, and my BA in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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