Maryanne Wolf

Director, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, Professor in Residence


  • Harvard University, Ed.D. Human Development and Psychology. Graduate School of Education.
    Concentration: Language, Reading and the Brain: Development and Disorders
  • Northwestern University, M.A. English Literature
  • St. Mary’s College/ Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A. English Literature, Madeleva Scholar

Bio Sketch

The author of more than 160 scientific articles, she designed the RAVE-O reading intervention for children with dyslexia, and with Martha Denckla, co-authored the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a major predictor of dyslexia across all languages. Among her awards are the Fulbright Fellowship, the Chapman University Presidential Fellow, the Norman Geschwind and Samuel Orton Awards (the highest honors from the International Dyslexia Association), the Distinguished Teacher of the Year awards from the state and national American Psychological Association, the Eminent Researcher of the Year Award for Learning Disabilities (Australia), and both the Alice Ansara and the Windward Researcher of the Year award for her research on dyslexia. With Maureen Lovett and Robin Morris, she received the NICHD Shannon Award for Innovative Research. She received the Christopher Columbus award for Intellectual Innovation for her work as co-founder of Curious Learning, a global literacy initiative with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States and the Einstein Award from The Dyslexia Foundation for her work in dyslexia. She was a Fellow (2014-2015) and Research Affiliate (2016-2017) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is currently working with members of the Dyslexia Center in the UCSF School of Medicine and the faculty at Chapman University on issues related to dyslexia and is an External Advisor to the International Monetary Fund, a research advisor to the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and a frequent speaker at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.


  • 2018 External Advisor: International Monetary Fund
  • 2018 Chapman University Presidential Fellow (2018-2020)
  • 2017 Invitation to Pontifical Academy of Sciences: Ethics in Action. Vatican
  • 2016 Eminent Researcher of the Year 2016 Award: Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, Australia
  • 2016 Lectio Magistralis: Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi, Italy
  • 2016 Dyslexia Research Award, Windward School
  • 2015 Invitation to Pontifical Academy of Sciences: Children and Sustainable Development. Vatican
  • 2014-2015 Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University 2013 Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Discovery
  • 2013 Invitation to Pontifical Academy of Sciences: The Socially 3 Disenfranchised Peoples. Vatican
  • 2013 Invitation to Pontifical Academy of Sciences: Bread and Brain.
  • 2013 Speaker to Google Solve for X Meeting: Global Literacy Initiative
  • 2012 Keynote Address: Pompidou Centre Institute for Research and Innovation at New Industrial World Talks
  • 2012 Museum of Science, Woman of Science Lecture Award
  • 2011 Samuel Orton Award, International Dyslexia Association: For Contributions to Dyslexia Research
  • 2011 Honorary Degree, Juaniata College: For contributions to Social Justice
  • 2009 Alice Garside Award: For Contributions to Dyslexia Research
  • 2008 Margot Marek Award for Best Book of the Year on Reading
  • 2008 Library Forum: A Best Book of the Year
  • 2007 Publishers Weekly: Best 25 Nonfiction books of 2007
  • 2007 U.S. News and World Report: A Notable Book of 2007 2
  • 007 Dean’s Faculty Forum Lecture Award
  • 2006 Endowed Chair: John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University
  • 2005 Hall Fellow Lecture Award, Concord Academy
  • 2003 Invited Speaker to 400th Anniversary of Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican (Special Meeting on Neurosciences)
  • 2003 Distinguished Scholar Award, Tufts University
  • 2002 Appointed U.S. Editor of Dyslexia


  • Wolf, M. ( 2018). Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Wolf, M. with Gottwald, S. (2016) Tales of Literacy in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In Literary Agenda Series, Editor: Phillip Davis.
  • Wolf, M. (2007). Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Wolf, M. (Ed.) (2001). Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain. Timonium, MD: York Press.