Dr. Rachel Romeo (she/her)
Rachel Romeo earned her B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and received a Fulbright fellowship to complete a MSc in Language Sciences from University College London in 2012, where she studied individual differences in language development. Rachel earned her PhD in 2018 in the joint Harvard/MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, where she researched how variation in children’s early experiences contribute to structural and functional brain development underlying socioeconomic disparities in language and reading development, under the mentorship of Dr. John Gabrieli. Dr. Romeo is also a licensed speech language pathologist and earned her certificate of clinical competence from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, with broad clinical experience in diagnosing and treating language, literacy, and learning disorders throughout the lifespan. In 2020, Rachel completed a two-year research fellowship in the Translational Postdoctoral Training Program in Neurodevelopment at Boston Children’s Hospital under mentorship of Dr. Charles Nelson, where she researched how infants’ early experiences moderate neuromarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder and relate to heterogeneity in language impairment within the disorder. In Dr. McLaughlin’s lab, Rachel is investigating how parent-child interaction in preschool relates to socioeconomic differences in neurocognitive development across childhood, with downstream influences on academic performance and risk for psychopathology. Dr. Romeo ultimately aims to translate her basic research to practice, to support optimal neurocognitive development for children from all backgrounds.
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