YCDC Co-Director Dr. Sally Shaywitz Named AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named two Yale School of Medicine researchers as AAAS Fellows for their distinguished efforts to advance science.

John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and professor of psychiatry, of neuroscience, and of psychology; and Sally Shaywitz, MD, Audrey G. Ratner Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology), are among 489 association members awarded the honor this year by AAAS. The new AAAS Fellows will be inducted at a virtual ceremony on Feb. 13, 2021.

Dr. Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, is being honored for distinguished contributions to the public’s understanding of the biological basis and natural history of dyslexia and communicating these discoveries to the public.

In addition to her more than 350 scientific publications with Bennett Shaywitz, MD, Charles and Helen Schwab Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology), she is author of the best-selling book, Overcoming Dyslexia, which has transformed people’s understanding of dyslexia and provided practical approaches and specific interventions for parents and educators. She is committed to ensuring that scientific discoveries are translated into action, as reflected in her latest 2020 publication, The Yale Outcome Study: Outcome of Graduates with and without Dyslexia. Working closely with administration, faculty, and students to transmit the latest knowledge of dyslexia, Shaywitz credits Yale’s unique openness to embrace and apply scientific discoveries to the study’s very positive outcome which she hopes will stimulate other colleges and universities to follow Yale’s lead.

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