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Sally Shaywitz, MD

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

Contact Information

Sally Shaywitz, MD

Mailing Address

  • Pediatrics

    Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, 129 York St.

    New Haven, CT, 06511

    United States



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

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
National Academy of Medicine within the National Academies.2018
Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Williams College2018
Townsend Harris Medal of the City College of New York2018
National Reading Panel2018
Committee to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council2018
National Board of Directors of the Institute for Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education2018
Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS)2018
National Research Council Committee on Women in Science and Engineering2018
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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