OUR TEAM

Dr. Stephanie Del Tufo Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She studies individual differences in learning, language, and literacy across the lifespan. Her research has been published in Science, Neuron, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience among others.

 

 

Graduate Researchers

Ye Shen is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Her research interest lies in language and literacy development in diverse populations of people, specifically bilinguals. She is interested in reading-writing connections and cross-language transfer of reading and writing skills among bilingual students. Ye is the recipient of the prestigious Arnsdorf Summer Fellowship and the UDRF-SI Graduate Initiative. She has recently guest authored a post on the Educating Bilinguals website. Her piece can be found here!

Shen, Y., & Del Tufo, S.N. (2021). Bilingual parent-child shared book reading mediates the impact of socioeconomic status on children’s emergent literacy. Poster presented at the 2021 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Shen, Y., & Del Tufo, S.N. (2020). Learning a second language: Intrinsic connectivity from shallow to deep orthography. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language.

Undergraduate Researchers

Lauren Baran is an undergraduate at the University of Delaware. She is a neuroscience major with minors in both exercise science and medical diagnostics. She is interested in the effect of sleep deprivation on the development of the adolescent brain.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Minacci is an undergraduate at the University of Delaware. She is a biological sciences major with minors in both genetic counseling and disability studies. She is interested in the role of genetic conditions in cognitive development and education.

 

 

 

 

Caitlyn Roche is an undergraduate at the University of Delaware. Her interests lie at the intersection of literacy education and communication disorders. She is interested in the effect of speech and language therapy on education outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Tamara Turski is an undergraduate at the University of Delaware. Her interests lie in early childhood education. Specifically, she is interested in the role adoption plays in education. In her free time, she likes to draw, do crafts and play with her dog!

Turski, T., & Del Tufo, S.N. (2021). Relational Uncertainty: Do parents’ perceptions of their adopted children’s academic success change over time? Poster presented at the 2021 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

 

 

Collaborators

Steve Amendum | Joanna Christodoulou | Laurie Cutting | Alex Demos | F. Sayako Earle | John Gabrieli | Fumiko Hoeft | Kenneth Pugh