Director: Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD

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Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and Director of the Educational NeuroImaging Center (ENIC) in the Department of Education in Science and Technology at Technion, and an Endowed Chair of Excellency in the Israeli institute of technology in Haifa, Israel and also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of General Community Pediatrics and the Scientific Director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and. Dr. Horowitz-Kraus received a BS in Biology (2002) and MS in Neurobiology (2004) from the Department of Neurobiochemistry at the Tel-Aviv University in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She also received an MA in the clinical program for the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities (Summa Cum Laude, 2007) and was awarded a PhD (2009) by the University of Haifa in Israel from the Edmond J Safra Brain Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities. After completion of her PhD, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Haifa and determined behavioral and electroencephalographic measures following intervention programs for children with learning disabilities, as well as studies aimed at developing objective measures to assess the effectiveness of interventions for reading difficulties. In 2011, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to the USA to join the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium at the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, where she continued her post-doctoral research using advanced neuroimaging tools, including fMRI, DTI, and EEG, to better understand the role of executive functions in reading disabilities in children in order to develop more effective reading interventions. Dr. Horowitz-Kraus raised approximately 4 million dollars to establish and develop the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center in Cincinnati.

Dr Horowitz-Kraus’ research focuses on the characteristics of neural circuits that underlie language and reading acquisition in children with language and reading difficulties due to a neurobiological source (dyslexia, ADHD, epilepsy, auditory processing, psychiatric disorders, and more) and environmental deficits (a lack of literacy exposure). In parallel, she works on tailoring the most appropriate treatment for each of these disorders, as well as prevention of the linguistic and reading difficulty using a variety of intervention programs and assessing intervention effectiveness using neuroimaging tools (fMRI, EEG, TDCS, and eye tracking).