Our Experts

The Science of Learning Institute includes a broad network of scientists, practitioners, and educators with expertise spanning basic and applied sciences.

Dr. Greg Osgood

Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Medicine

I am interested in orthopaedic trauma care, including fracture non-unions, pelvis and acetabular injuries, routine fractures, and surgical infections.

Dr. James Pekar

Manager and Research Coordinator, F. M. Kirby Research Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute  Research Scientist, Kennedy Krieger Institute  Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
School of Medicine

I am interested in the development and application of this functional MRI (fMRI) technology.

Dr. Mikhail Pletnikov

Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine

My research interests focus on understanding pathogenesis of cognitive disorders in patients with major psychiatric illnesses.

Dr. Brenda Rapp

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

I am interested in the cognitive processes and neural substrates that support written and spoken word production and comprehension.

Dr. J Tilak Ratnanather

Associate Research Professor, Center for Imaging Science and Institute for Computational Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering  
Whiting School of Engineering

I am interested in shape analysis of brain implicated in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, major depression, speech and language processing.

Dr. Kyle Rawlins

Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Cognitive Science

I am interested in natural language semantics and pragmatics, the syntax/semantics interface, and syntax.

Dr. Bethany Sacks

Assistant Professor of Surgery; Assistant Program Director, Department of Surgery
School of Medicine

I am a surgeon with formal training in education. Part of my research focuses on training surgeons to competence. As a surgical educator I will formulate how feedback is delivered through the virtual coach.

Dr. Karin Sandmel

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
School of Education

I am interested in reading comprehension and writing strategies, and students with learning disabilities.

Dr. Sridevi Sarma

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

My research combines large-scale data optimization, estimation, dynamics systems and control with neurophysiology. My lab has extensive research in analysis and modeling of neurophysiological signals with a focus on motor control, neurological disorders and deep brain stimulation therapy.

Dr. Karen Seymour

Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
School of Medicine

My research examines the behavioral, neural, and physiological correlates of emotion dysregulation in children and adolescents with various forms of psychopathology, especially attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).