Our Experts

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


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).

Dr. Reza Shadmehr

Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience  
School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering

I am interested in human movement control. I integrate the viewpoints from robotics and control theory with neuroscience to provide a unique perspective on the biological computations that underlie the control of movements.

Dr. Amy Shelton

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Education
Center for Talented Youth, School of Education

I am interested in spatial skills, individual differences, and mechanisms of learning, couched in the broad context of understanding the characterization and needs of the individual learner.

Dr. Erica Sibinga

Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
School of Medicine

I am interested in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients. My current research focuses on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth.

Dr. Paul Smolensky

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

My research attempts to identify the proper roles within a unified theory of cognition for symbolic computation, numerical neural computation, and statistical computation.

Dr. Hongjun Song

Director, Stem Cell Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering; Professor, Department of Neurology
School of Medicine

I am interested in understanding novel mechanisms regulating structural and functional plasticity in the mature mammalian central nervous system.

Dr. Kimberley Eden Steele

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
School of Medicine

I am interested in the neurochemical and metabolic effects of bariatric surgery and operative techniques in laparoscopic surgery.