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Sara Sánchez-Alonso, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

Contact Information

Sara Sánchez-Alonso, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Child Study Center

    300 George Street

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



Dr. Sara Sanchez-Alonso is an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center. She specializes in language neurodevelopment and multi-modal imaging (fMRI-fNIRS). Dr. Sanchez-Alonso received a Master of Science in speech and language pathology funded by an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarship from the European Commission. Subsequently, she completed post-baccalaureate research training in Dr. Angela Friederici's lab at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, where she trained in psychology and neurobiology of language. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Sanchez-Alonso worked with Dr. Richard Aslin at Haskins Laboratories and implemented the first fMRI/fNIRS integrated data collection effort at the Yale Brain Imaging Center. She joined the Yale Child Study Center as research faculty in 2023.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral fellow
    Haskins Laboratories (2021)
  • PhD
    Yale University (2018)
  • Post-baccalaureate
    Max Planck Institute (2011)
  • MSc
    Potsdam University (2010)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Postdoctoral Merit AwardSociety for the Neurobiology of Language2022
NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2021

Professional Service

Yale Wu Tsai Institute, SPC CommitteeCo-Chair2022 - Present

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