Yael Weiss-Zruya, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Dr. Yael Weiss-Zruya is a research scientist in Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s laboratory. She earned her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Haifa, Israel, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavior Program, at the Safra Center for the Brain and Learning Disabilities, the University of Haifa, Israel. She has previously worked with Dr. James Booth in the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yael Weiss-Zruya’s research focuses on brain networks’ development and specialization related to language and literacy skills and development. Her research utilizes both behavioral and neuroimaging (functional MRI) measurements in children and adults. At I-LABS, she is currently leading a project that focuses on the brain’s response to reading acquisition in pre-school children. This project examines how early literacy training is related to brain structure and function and affects behavioral measures of language and early literacy skills.