Jason Yeatman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jason Yeatman, formerly on the faculty at I-LABS, is currently an Assistant Professor at Stanford University where he heads the Brain Development & Education Lab. He continues to work jointly with I-LABS and to mentor UW graduate students.  Before joining the Institute, he completed his Ph.D. in Brian Wandell’s lab at Stanford University where he studied the neural basis of learning to read. His work capitalizes on rapidly evolving MRI methodologies and the development of new, open-source, software algorithms to model the neurobiological basis of cognitive development and understand how brain circuits modify their structure in response to experience. Dr. Yeatman hopes to translate research on the neurobiology of reading development into personalized education programs that are tailored and timed with respect to a child’s unique pattern of brain maturation.


Li Q., Joo S.J., Yeatman J.D., Reinecke K. (2020) Controlling for Participants’ Viewing Distance in Large-Scale , Psychophysical Online Experiments Using a Virtual Chinrest. Sci Rep:1–11. Click here to receive reprint
White A.L., Boynton G.M., Yeatman J.D. (2019) You can’t recognize two words simultaneously. Trends Cogn Sci:4–5. Click here to receive reprint
White, A.L., Boynton, G.M., Yeatman J.D. (2019). The link between reading ability and visual spatial attention across development. Cortex 121:45-59. Click here to receive reprint
Donnelly, P.M., Huber, E., & Yeatman, J.D. (2019). Intensive summer intervention drives linear growth of reading skill in children with dyslexia. Frontiers in Psychology 10(1):1-10. Click here to receive reprint
O’Brien G.E., McCloy D.R., Yeatman J.D. (2019) Categorical phoneme labeling in children with dyslexia does not depend on stimulus duration. J Acoust Soc Am 146(1):245–255. Click here to receive reprint
Bain J.S,. Yeatman J.D., Schurr R., Rokem A., Mezer A.A. (2019). Evaluating arcuate fasciculus laterality measurements across dataset and tractography pipelines. Hum Brain Mapp (April):1–17. Click here to receive reprint
Keshavan A., Yeatman J.D., Rokem A. (2019) Combining Citizen Science and Deep Learning to Amplify Expertise in Neuroimaging. Front Neuroinform 13(May):1–13. Click here to receive reprint
White, A., Palmer J.P., Boynton G.M., Yeatman J.D. (2019). Parallel spatial channels converge at a bottleneck in anterior word-selective cortex. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. Click here to receive reprint
Huber, E., Henriques, N.R., Owen, J.P., Rokem, A., Yeatman J.D. (2019). Applying microstructural models to understand the role of white matter in cognitive development. Dev Cogn Neurosci. Click here to receive reprint
Yeatman J.D., Huber E. (2018, June 13). Sensitive periods for white matter plasticity in human. bioRxiv Preprint
Huber E., Donnelly P.M., Rokem A., Yeatman J.D. (2018). Rapid and widespread white matter plasticity during an intensive reading intervention. Nature Communications. 9(1):2260. Click here to receive reprint, UW News, KNKX, Wall Street Journal
Yeatman J.D., Richie-Halford A., Smith J.K., Keshavan A., Rokem A. (2018). A browser-based tool for visualization and analysis of diffusion MRI data. Nature Communications. 9(1):940. Click here to receive reprint, UW News
Joo S.J., White A. L., Strodtman D., & Yeatman J.D. (2018). Optimizing text for an individual’s visual system: The contribution of crowding to reading difficulties. Cortex. 103:291-301. Click here to receive reprint
Schurr R., Duan Y., Norcia A.M., Ogawa S., Yeatman J.D., Mezer A. (2018). Tractography optimization using quantitative T1 mapping in the human optic radiation. Neuroimage. Click here to receive reprint
Kubota E.C., Joo S.J., Huber E., Yeatman J.D. (2018). Word selectivity in high-level visual cortex and reading skill. Dev Cogn Neurosci. Click here to receive reprint
O’Brien G.E., McCloy D.R., Kubota E.C., Yeatman J.D. (2018). Reading ability and phoneme categorization. Scientific Reports. 8(1):16842. Click here to receive reprint
Donnelly, P.M., Huber, E., & Yeatman, J.D. (2017, September 19). Intensive summer intervention drives linear growth of reading skill in children with dyslexia. PsyArXiv Preprint
Berman S., West K.L., Does M.D., Yeatman J.D., Mezer A. (2017). Evaluating g-ratio weighted changes in the corpus callosum as a function of age and sex. Neuroimage. Click here to receive reprint
Joo S.J., Donnelly P.M., Yeatman J.D. (2017). The causal relationship between dyslexia and motion perception reconsidered. Nature Scientific Reports. 7:4185. Click here to receive reprint
Kay K.N., Yeatman J.D. (2017). Bottom-up and top-down computations in word- and face-selective cortex. Elife. 6:e22431. Click here to receive reprint, press
Sarica A., Cerasa A., Valentino P., Yeatman J.D., Trotta M., Barone S., Granata A., Nisticò R., Perrotta P., Pucci F., Quattrone A. (2017). The Corticospinal Tract Profile in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Hum Brain Mapp. 38(2):727-739. Click here to receive reprint
Teubner-Rhodes S., Vaden K.I. Jr., Cute S.L., Yeatman J.D., Dougherty R.F., Eckert M.A. (2016). Aging-Resilient Associations Between the Arcuate Fasciculus and Vocabulary Knowledge: Microstructure or Morphology? Neurosci. 36(27):7210-22. Click here to receive reprint
Yeatman J.D., Norcia A.M. (2016). Temporal Tuning of Word- and Face-Selective Cortex. J. Cogn. Neurosci 28(11):1820-1827. Click here to receive reprint
Weiner K.S.W., Yeatman J.D., Wandell B.A. (2016). The Posterior Arcuate Fasciculus and the Vertical Occipital Fasciculus. Cortex. Click here to receive reprint
Travis K.E., Golden N.H., Feldman H.M., Solomon M., Nguyen J., Mezer A., Yeatman J.D., Dougherty R.F. (2015). Abnormal White matter Properties in Adolescent Girls With Anorexia Nervosa. Neuroimage Clin. 23(9):648-59.
Duan Y., Norcia A.M., Yeatman J.D., Mezer A. (2015). The Structural Properties of Major White Matter Tracts in Strabismic Amblyopia. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1;56(9):5152- 60.
Rokem A., Yeatman J.D., Pestilli F., Kay K.N., Mezer A., Van der Walt S., Wandell B.A. (2015). Evaluating the Accuracy of Models of Diffusion MRI in White Matter. PLoS ONE. 10(4):e0123272
Takemura H., Rokem A., Winawer J., Yeatman, J.D., Wandell B.A., & Pestilli F. (2015). A Major Human White Matter Pathway Between Dorsal and Ventral Visual Cortex. Cerebral Cortex. 26(5):2205-2214
Yeatman J.D., Weiner K.S., Pestilli F., Rokem A., Mezer A., Wandell B.A. (2014). The Vertical Occipital Fasciculus: A Century of Controversy Resolved by In Vivo Measurements. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111(48): E5214-E5223.
Yeatman J.D., Wandell B.A., Mezer A. (2014). Lifespan Maturation and Degeneration of Human Brain White matter. Nature Communications. 5:4932.
Pestilli F., Yeatman J.D., Rokem A., Kay K.N., Wandell B.A. (2014). Evaluation and Sttatistical Inference for Human Connectomes. Nature Methods. 11(10), 1058-1063
Johnson R.T., Yeatman J.D., Wandell B.A., Buonocore M.H., Amaral D.G., Nordahl C.W. (2013). Diffusion Properties of Major White Matter Tracts in Young, Typically Developing Children. Neuroimage. 88, 143-154.
Main K.L., Pestilli F., Mezer A., Yeatman J.D., Martin R., Phipps S., Wandell B.A. (2014). Speed discrimination predicts word but not pseudo-word reading rate in adults and children. Brain and Language. 138, 27-37.
Ogawa S., Takemura H., Horiguchi H., Terao M., Haji T., Pestilli F., Yeatman J.D., Tsuneoka H., Wandell B.A., Masuda Y. (2014). Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 25;55(10):6976-86.
Durrand V.N., Loe I., Yeatman J.D., Feldman H.M. (2013). Effects of Early Language, Speech and Cognition on Later Reading: A Mediation Analysis. Front Psychol. 4:586.
Mezer, A., Yeatman J. D., Stikov N., Kay K., Cho N.J., Dougherty R. F., Perry L. M., Parvizi J., Hua L., Butts-Pauly K., Wandell B.A. (2013). Quantifying the Local Tissue Volume and Composition in Individual Brains with MRI. Nature Medicine. 19(12), 1667-1672.
Yeatman J.D., Rauschecker A.M., Wandell B.A., (2013). Anatomy of the Visual Word Form Area: Adjacent Cortical Circuits and Long-Range White Matter Connections. Brain and Language. 125(2), 146-155.
Wandell B.A. & Yeatman J.D. (2013). Biological Development of Reading Circuits. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 23(2): 261-8.
Yeatman J.D., Dougherty R.F., Myall N.J., Wandell B.A., Feldman H.M. (2012) Tract Profiles of White Matter Properties: Automating Fiber-Tract Quantification. PLoS ONE, 7(11): E49790.
Yeatman J.D., Dougherty R.F., Ben-Shachar M., Wandell B. (2012). The Development of White Matter and Reading Skills. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109(44): E3045-53.
Feldman H.M., Lee E.S., Yeatman J.D., Yeom K.W. (2012). Language and Reading Skills in School-Aged Children and Adolescents Born Preterm are Associated with White Matter Properties on Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Neuropsychologia, 50(14): 3348-62.
Myall N.J., Yeom K.W., Yeatman J.D., Gaman-Bean S., Feldman H.M. (2013). Case Series: Fractional Anisotropy Along the Trajectory of Selected White Matter Tracts in Adolescents Born Preterm With Ventricular Dilation. Journal of Child Neurology. 28(6), 774-780.
Barde L.H.F., Yeatman J.D., Lee E.S., Glover G.F., Feldman H.M. (2012). Differences in neural activation between preterm and fullterm born adolescents on a sentence comprehension task: Implications for educational accommodation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 15;2 S114-28 41)
Yeatman J.D. & Feldman H.M. (2012). Neural plasticity after pre-linguistic injury to the arcuate and superior longitudinal fasciculi. Cortex, doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.08.006.
Wandell, B.A., Rauschecker, A.M. & Yeatman, J.D. (2012). Learning to see words. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 31-53. 43)
Yeatman J.D., Dougherty R.F., Rykhlevskaia E., Sherbondy A.J., Deutsch G.K., Wandell B.A., Ben Shachar M. (2011). Anatomical Properties of the Arcuate Fasciculus Predict Phonological and Reading Skills in Children. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(11), 3304-3317.
Lee E.S., Yeatman J.D., Luna B., Feldman H.M. (2011). Specific language and reading skills in school-aged children and adolescents are associated with prematurity after controlling for IQ. Neuropsychologia, 49(5), 906-913.
Feldman H.M., Yeatman J.D., Lee E.S., Barde L.H., Gaman-Bean S. (2010). Diffusion Tensor Imaging: A Review for Pediatric Researchers and Clinicians. Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics 31(4), 346-56.
Yeatman J.D., Ben-Shachar M., Glover G.F., Feldman H.M. (2010). Individual differences in auditory sentence comprehension in children: An exploratory event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation. Brain and Language 114(2), 72-9.
Yeatman J.D., Ben-Shachar M., Bammer R., Feldman H.M. (2009). Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Fiber Tracking to Characterize Diffuse Perinatal White Matter Injury: A Case Report, Journal of Child Neurology 24(7), 795-800.
Andrews J.S., Ben-Shachar M., Yeatman J.D., Luna B., Feldman H.M. (2009). Reading Performance Correlates with White-Matter Properties in Preterm and Term Children, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 5, e94-100.
Published book chapters and other articles
Weiner K.S., Yeatman J.D. (in press). The Cognitive Neuroanatomy of Human Ventral Occipito-Temporal Cortex. The Cognitive Neurosciences. Gazzaniga M.S. (Eds).
Yeatman J.D. (2016). What is the Role of the Visual System in Reading and Dyslexia? International Dyslexia Association Examiner. March, 2016.
Yeatman J.D., Feldman H.M. Review of Marlow N., Hennessy E.M., Bracewell M.A., Wolke D. (2008). Motor and Executive Function at 6 Years of Age After Extremely Preterm Birth. AA Fanaroff, RA Ehrenkranz, DK Stevenson (Eds) The Year Book of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine. Philadelphia PA: Mosby.