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Elizabeth Norton

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, School of Communication

Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences
PI, Language, Education and Reading Neuroscience (LEARN) Lab
Director, DevSci Neurodevelopmental Core


Areas of Focus

  • Reading and language development
  • Brain development
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Dyslexia


  • Brain basis of reading ability and dyslexia
  • Factors that shape language development, language delay and which children develop language disorder
  • Brain basis of autism spectrum disorder
  • Brain-to-brain synchrony
  • Early indicators of language and mental health disorders


Norton obtained her B.A. in language and brain development at Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in child study and human development at Tufts University. She completed postdoctoral training at MIT in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. She holds multiple NIH grants as PI and has published in the top journals in her area of research, including Nature Neuroscience, Developmental Science and the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. She was awarded the Outstanding Early Career Research Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.