Sally Shaywitz, MD

Audrey G. Ratner Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology); Co-Director, Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Departments & Organizations

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatrics: Pediatric Neurology

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. is the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Dr. Shaywitz’ ongoing neurobiological and longitudinal epidemiological studies track a population-based cohort from kindergarten entry to mature adulthood and have provided cutting-edge, contemporary knowledge of the prevalence, gender composition, universality and precursors, persistence and long-term outcome, including economic consequences of dyslexia in adults. Dyslexia is highly prevalent, affecting one in five and represents over 80% of all learning disabilities. Dr. Shaywitz is currently studying reading and dyslexia in disadvantaged students in New Haven and in students attending a public charter school specialized for dyslexia. In a recent publication, she reported that the “Achievement Gap in Reading is Present as Early as First Grade and Persists Through Adolescence.” This finding inspired her to develop a new instrument, the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM (Pearson), to enable the evidence-based early screening of children for dyslexia by their own teachers. Dr. Shaywitz is the author of over 250 scientific articles and chapters, as well as the award-winning book, Overcoming Dyslexia (Alfred Knopf, 2003, Vintage, 2005).

Education & Training

MD Albert Einstein College (1966)
Fellow Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Resident Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY
Board Certification AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1971)

Honors & Recognition

  • National Academy of Medicine within the National Academies. (2018)

  • Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Williams College (2018)

  • Townsend Harris Medal of the City College of New York (2018)

  • National Reading Panel (2018)

  • Committee to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council (2018)

  • National Board of Directors of the Institute for Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education (2018)

  • Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS) (2018)

  • National Research Council Committee on Women in Science and Engineering (2018)

  • Rita G. Rudel/Lucy G. Moses LectureDept. of Neurology, Columbia University

  • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Book Award

  • Margo Marek Book AwardNew York Branch, International Dyslexia Association

  • Institute of MedicineNational Academies of Science

  • Distinguished Alumnus AwardAlbert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Achievement Award in Women’s HealthSociety for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research

  • Sidney Berman Award for the Study and Treatment of Learning DisabilitiesAmerican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Sally Shaywitz, MD
Mailing Address
PediatricsYale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
129 York St.

New Haven, CT 06511

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity