Dr. Lisa Gabel is a neuroscientist specializing in examining the biological mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders. She earned her Ph.D. in Physiology & Neurobiology, and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University, Wyeth Research , and the University of Pennsylvania prior to becoming a professor at Lafayette College. Professor Gabel is the William C. ’67 & Pamela Rappolt Scholar in Neuroscience, Chair of the Neuroscience Program, and will become the Dean of Natural Sciences in July 2023. One area of her research examines the link between dyslexia susceptibility genes, behavior and cognition in children with reading disorder, and she has received funding from the NIH-NICHD and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. A goal of this study is to develop an early identification tool that can identify children at risk for reading impairment, prior to learning to read. Early identification of children at risk for RD will enable the initiation of effective interventions prior to children experiencing academic frustration, and at an early age when response is optimal.