Sally Shaywitz, MD
Research & Publications
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. She is a world renowned scientist and dedicated, compassionate physician who is devoted to bringing ground-breaking scientific advances to benefit dyslexic children and adults.
In addition to over 350 scientific articles and chapters, Dr. Shaywitz is the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Overcoming Dyslexia which has just been released as a completely revised and updated second edition (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2020). The first edition of Overcoming Dyslexia has sold over 400,000 copies. On March 24, 2020 the second edition was published to great excitement and anticipation, including unusually high praise from Bob Dylan on the back cover. Overcoming Dyslexia has helped tens of thousands understand their dyslexia and know they can be dyslexic and very smart. This new second edition of Overcoming Dyslexia is filled with compassion and empathy while sharing with the reader the latest cutting edge 21st century scientific advances in dyslexia and providing very practical approaches and specific interventions for parents and educators. Topics include: ground-breaking screening for and diagnosing dyslexia; turning struggling readers into proficient readers; choosing a school; details about the treatments for common comorbid, highly impactful conditions (anxiety and ADHD); a cutting edge legal chapter, providing the incredibly positive and surprising updates on new laws and the very most up-to-date regulations protecting dyslexic individuals. The final inspiring chapter highlights successful dyslexics in careers ranging from the law, business/ economics, entertainment, medicine, science and literature and, importantly, how they did it.
Dr. Shaywitz’ honors include: an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine within the National Academies; the Liberty Science Center 2019 Genius Award “in recognition of your inspiring accomplishments and your pioneering work in advancing our understanding of dyslexia;” a 2018 profile in the Scientists at Work section of the New York Times. She has been a featured speaker at the GoogleX conference on the Future of Reading, as well as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She has served on the Congressionally-mandated National Reading Panel and the Committee to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council and, by Presidential appointment (President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama) on the National Board of the Institute for Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education and on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS).
Dr. Shaywitz testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Dyslexia: An Explanation and Potential Solution to the Reading Crisis in Education and before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the Science of Dyslexia. She presented at a Congressional briefing sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and to U.S. Senate field hearings. She most recently testified on how best to improve the identification and treatment of dyslexic children to: New York City Schools Chancellor Carranza; to the Rockefeller Institute of Government and members of the New York State legislature in Albany, NY; and before the Georgia State Senate Committee on Dyslexia. In her testimonies, Dr. Shaywitz points out that while we are always seeking new knowledge, in the case of dyslexia we have sufficient knowledge to do more. Rather than a knowledge gap, in dyslexia there is an action gap. We must take action to implement the deep knowledge we have of dyslexia and ensure that this knowledge is translated into policy and practice to benefit dyslexic children and adults.
September 24, 2020
Education & Training
- FellowAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY (1970)
- ResidentBronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY (1968)
- MDAlbert Einstein College of Medicine (1966)
Honors & Recognition
|Committee on Women in Science and Engineering,||Policy and Global Affairs Division, National Research Council||2020|
|Chair, Steering Committee for AXXS 2002 Workshop; Committee on Women in Science and Engineering Policy and Global Affairs Division,||National Research Council||2020|
|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 Lecture||Dept. of Neurology, Columbia University|
|National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Book Award|
|Margo Marek Book Award||New York Branch, International Dyslexia Association|
|Institute of Medicine||National Academies of Science|
|Distinguished Alumnus Award||Albert Einstein College of Medicine|
|Achievement Award in Women’s Health||Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research|
|Sidney Berman Award for the Study and Treatment of Learning Disabilities||American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry|