Silvia’s long-standing research interest has been understanding the mechanisms underlying children’s literacy acquisition through the lenses of both typical and atypical development, multilingualism, and other socio-psychological factors. Specifically, she is interested in using multimodal behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine the brain-behavioral basis of literacy development. She hopes to use this knowledge to improve early identification and intervention for children with reading disorders. Currently, She is working on an intervention project led by Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and Dr. Devin Kearns, determining mechanisms that lead to optimal literacy outcomes in children with reading disorders. Prior to this postdoc position at UConn, She completed an MPhil in Psychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University.