Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology, Harvard University, 2018
CCC-SLP, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2015
MSc. Language Sciences, University College London, 2012
B.A., Psychology and Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Dr. Romeo is broadly interested in how one’s early childhood experiences contribute to their neural and cognitive development. She is especially interested in factors related to socioeconomic status, including differences in early language exposure, variation in clinical language disorders, and disparate educational access. Additionally, she is interested in other conditions that may affect early language exposure, such as early deafness/hearing impairment, and medical complications in infancy. Rachel investigates these questions in a multi-modal fashion by studying individual differences in behavior and underlying neural structure and function (mostly through fMRI), and how these neural systems contribute to the development of communication skills, cognitive skills, and academic achievement. Such methods draw from interdisciplinary fields such as developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, speech and hearing/communication sciences, among others. Ultimately, she aims to translate her research to better inform speech language therapy and educational practices, in effort to improve developmental outcomes for children of all backgrounds.