USC Kortschak Center For Learning and Creativity



Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at the Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Sally is the author of over 200 scientific articles, chapters and books, including, Overcoming Dyslexia (Knopf, 2003) which details critical scientific findings in dyslexia and how to translate this scientific knowledge into policy and clinical practice. Her research provides the basic framework: conceptual model, epidemiology and neurobiology for the scientific study of dyslexia. Dr. Shaywitz originated and championed the “Sea of Strengths” model of dyslexia which emphasizes a sea of strengths of higher critical thinking and creativity surrounding the encapsulated weakness found in children and adults who are dyslexic. Her most recent work provides the long awaited empiric evidence for the unexpected nature of dyslexia.

Sally’s awards include election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Williams College and the Townsend Harris Medal of the City College of New York. She currently serves on the National Board of the Institute for Educational Sciences of the Department of Education and on the National Board of Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Dr. Shaywitz served on the National Reading Panel and the Committee to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council. Most recently, Dr. Shaywitz co-chaired the National Research Council Committee on Gender Differences in the Careers of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty.

She received a B.A. (with honors) from the City University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.