Prof. Tami Katzir
Director of the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center For the Study of Learning Disabilities
Head of Laboratory: The laboratory for Reading Comprehension
Personal Website: http://tamik.edu.haifa.ac.il/
Tami Katzir is a member of Dept. of Learning Disabilities at Haifa University. She received her PhD in Applied Child Development at Tufts University and was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain and Education program. She also was a visiting professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as well as a scholar in residence at the Stephan Wise Academy School at Bel-Air. She was the chair of the Dept of Learning Disabilities at Haifa University 2013-2016.
Her research interest around the cognitive and biological basis of reading development and reading breakdown in diverse populations. She has examined the role of fluency in reading in different orthographies as well as the relationship between linguistic and social-emotional processes in reading comprehension. Tami Katzi’r work was funded by the Spencer Foundation, The American Dept of Education, The Piper foundation, and the Israeli Science Foundation and the Israeli Dept of Education. She received in 2007 the Etti and Dusty Miller award of excellence for junior faculty. She is the author of over 50 publications and member of the editorial board of several leading academic journals such as applied psycholinguistics, Mind Brain and Education, and Annals of Dyslexia. She is a member of multiple committees on literacy in the Israeli Dept of Education. In the past few years, together with her colleagues, she has developed an innovative intervention focusing on the foundational social, linguistic and cognitive skills which promote reading development in young children.