The READ Study is a collaboration between the Gabrieli Lab at MIT and the Gaab Lab at Boston Children's Hospital. Our goal is to understand how brain differences in kindergarten children might predict their reading ability in 2nd grade. Today, reading problems usually are not diagnosed until 2nd grade or even much later, but brain imaging may help us to identify which children could benefit from early intervention aimed at preventing reading difficulties.
Our study is funded by a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). We work with 19 partner schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including public (district and charter), private, and religious schools. Children in kindergarten or pre-K at these schools complete a short screening assessment. A subset of these children of varying pre-reading abilities are invited to participate in the brain imaging part of the study. Then, these children return for follow-up assessment at the end of 1st and 2nd grade.
As of summer 2013, we have screened over 1,000 children and more than 120 have come to MIT for brain imaging! Our first wave of kindergartners have completed 1st grade and their first follow up visits. Thank you to all the families who have participated!
For questions or more information about the study, please email us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or contact Elizabeth Norton at 617-324-5304.
We recently published a paper with data from the READ Study in The Journal of Neuroscience.
This article from the MIT News explains the study and features a video about the findings:Read the article
The study was also featured in the news, including the BBC: Read the article
and the Gupta Guide: Read the article
Thank you to all the READ Study schools and families for participating in this exciting research!
Edward W. Brooke Charter Schools, Boston MA
Cheverus School, Malden MA
Cunniff Elementary, Watertown MA
Gloucester Community Arts Charter School, Gloucester MA
Hosmer Elementary, Watertown MA
Immaculate Conception School, Lowell MA
Lowell Elementary, Watertown MA
Neighborhood House Charter School, Dorchester MA
Peabody Elementary, Cambridge MA
Sacred Heart School, Roslindale MA
Saint John School, Wellesley MA
Saint Raphael School, Medford MA
Saint Joseph School, Haverhill MA
Saint Joseph School, Holbrook MA
Saint Joseph School, Wakefield MA
Tewksbury Public Schools, Tewksbury MA
The Wheeler School, Providence RI
Tower Day School, Lynnfield MA
Who we are
Nadine Gaab, PhD (Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children's Hospital)
John Gabrieli, PhD (McGovern Institute for Brain Research and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT)
Elizabeth Norton, PhD (MIT)
Study Coordinators/Technical Assistants
Sara Beach, MS, EdM (MIT)
Abbie Cyr, AB (MIT)
Ola Ozernov-Palchik, MS (Children's/Tufts)