Maria Mody, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in neuroimaging of communication abilities in children and adults, with a focus on autism and dyslexia.The goal of her research is to identify core behaviors in developmental disorders of speech and language and the underlying neural mechanisms that could serve as targets for improved intervention. Dr. Mody uses a combination of MEG, MRI and DTI to examine top-down and bottom-up processes in the brain to better understand domain general vs. domain specific influences on cognitive development.


PhD in Speech and Hearing Science, City University of New York

Select Publications

1. Mody M, Shui AM, Nowinski LA, Golas SB, Ferrone C, O’Rourke JA, McDougle CJ. Communication Deficits and the Motor System: Exploring Patterns of Associations in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Jan;47(1):155-162.

2. Mody M, Wehner DT, Ahlfors SP. Auditory word perception in sentence context in reading-disabled children. Neuroreport. 2008 Oct 29;19(16):1567 71.

3. Sahyoun CP, Belliveau JW, Soulières I, Schwartz Mody M. Neuroimaging of the Functional and Structural Networks Underlying Visuospatial versus Linguistic Reasoning in High-Functioning Autism. Neuropsychologia 2010; 48:86-95.


Mody, M. (ed) (2017). Neural Mechanisms of Language. New York, NY: Springer

Fellow, International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities

Member, Harvard Joint Committee on the Status of Women


Language and Reading Research Lab