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Skype A Black Neuroscientist - Middle School

  • Friday, July 31, 2020

Dr. Sikoya M. Ashburn earned her BS in Neuroscience at Duke University and her PhD in Neuroscience from the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She predominately has research experience within cognitive neuroscience and has worked on a range of projects including those investigating language processing, the underpinnings of Alzheimer’s, structural MRI in adult dyslexia, and functional alterations of the cerebellum in children with learning disabilities, particularly reading and math. Presently, as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, Dr. Ashburn studies the cerebellum’s involvement in structural and functional brain networks in children with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Ashburn hopes to continue using neuroimaging methods to elucidate the cerebellum’s involvement in other developmental and learning disorders, which may then be used to improve current interventions. Outside of the research setting, Dr. Ashburn has been active in leading neuroscience-related outreach events, teaching neuro(brain)anatomy to all ages from children to medical students, and


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