Media: Colin McEnroe Show, NPR, Jan 04, 2011

I am accepting graduate students for the fall semester 2015 through the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training "IGERT "program. If you are interested, find out more and at UConn IGERT.

Please contact me if you would like more information on the program.



Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Cognitive Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience), 2005.


My research focuses on a language and reading development in typically developing children and adolescents, and in children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including dyslexia, SLI and autism. I use multiple methodologies including fMRI, sMRI, EEG, ERP eyetracking & genetic analyses to explore the underlying etiology of typical and atypical language and reading processes.

Lab Members

Current Postdocs
Kaja Jaskinska (PhD University of Toronto)
PhD students currently working with Dr. Landi
Kayleigh Rhyerd (UConn Psych)
Graduate Student Affiliates

Vanessa Harwood, UConn SLHS (B. Grela Primary Advisor)
Sayako Earle, UConn SLHS (Primary Advisor, E. Meyers)
Russell Richie, UConn Psych (Primary Advisor M. Coppola)
Katie Shaw, UConn Psych (Primary Advisor H. Bortfeld)
Andre Lindsey, UConn SLHS (Primary Advisor. P. Ramanathan)
Mora Reinka, UConn Psych (Primary Advisor C. Leach)

Postbac RAs

Nina Gumkowski (BA Mount Holyok College)
Emily Baron (BA University of Connecticut)
Olivia Harold (BA University of Connecticut) and
Eva Montas (BA SCSU)
Jackie Turcios (BA SCSU)

Lab Alumni

Sergey Kornilov, Postdoc Yale Child Study Center, Department of Psychology, UConn &
    Moscow State University
Jia Wu, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center
Katrina Schleissman, Postdoc at the University of Minnesota
Ben Siepel, Assistant Professor at California State University Chico
Virginia Clinton, Faculty, University of North Dakota, Postdoc at
      The University of Wisconsin Madison

Representative Publications:

Kornilov, S.A., Magnuson, J.S., Rakhlin, N., Landi, N., & Grigorenko, E.L. (2015) Lexical Processing Deficits in Children with Developmental Language Disorder: an Event-Related Potentials Study. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 459-476.

Kornilov, S.A., Landi, N., Rakhlin, N., Fang, S-Y., Grigorenko, E.L., & Magnuson, J.S. (2014) Attentional but not Pre-Attentive Neural Measures of Auditory Discrimination are Atypical in Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology. 39, 543-567. doi:10.1080/87565641.2014.960964

Preston, J.L., Molfese, P.J., Gumkowski, N., Sorcinelli, A., Harwood, V., Irwin, J., & Landi, N. (2014). Neurophysiology of Speech Differences in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39, 385-403. PMCID- in process

Pugh, K. R., Frost, S.J., Rothman, D.L., Mason, G.M., Del Tufo, S., Molfese, P.J., Mencl, W.E., Grigorenko, E., Landi, N., Preston, J.L., Jacobsen, L., Hoeft, F., Seidenberg, M., & Fulbright, R.K., (2014). Glutamate and Choline Levels Predict Individual Differences in Reading Ability in Emergent Readers. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 4082-4089. PMCID- in process.

Preston, J. L., Brick, N., & Landi, N. (2013). Ultrasound biofeedback treatment for persisting childhood apraxia of speech. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 22(4), 627-643. doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2013/12-0139). PMCID- In process.

Landi, N., Frost,S.J., Mencl, W.E., Sandak, R., & Pugh, K.R. (2013). Neurobiological bases of reading comprehension: Insights from neuroimaging studies of word-level and text-level processing in skilled and impaired readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 29, 145-167. PMC3646421

Landi, N. Montoya, J., Kober, H., Rutherford, H.J.V., Mencl, W.E., Worhunsky, P.D., Potenza, M.N., & Mayes, L.C., (2013). Correction to “Maternal neural responses to infant cries and faces: relationships with substance use. Frontiers in Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2012.00115.

Landi, N., Frost, S.J., Mencl, W.E., Preston, J.L., Jacobsen, L.K., Lee, M., Yrigollen, C., Pugh, K.R., & Grigorenko, E.L. (2013). The COMT Val/Met polymorphism is associated with reading-related skills and consistent patterns of functional neural activation. Developmental Science, 16, 13- 23. PMC3655431

Landi, N., Crowley, M.J., Wu, J., Bailey, C., & Mayes, L.C. (2012). Deviant ERP response to spoken non-words among adolescents exposed to cocaine in utero. Brain and Language. 120, 209- 216. PMC3633521

Landi, N., Montoya, J., Kober, H., Rutherford, H.J.V., Mencl, W.E., Worhunsky, P.D., Potenza, M.N., & Mayes, L.C. (2011). Maternal neural responses to infant cries and faces: relationships with substance use. Frontiers in Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, 2, 1-13. please see correction published in 2013. PMC3118477

Skiba, T., Landi, N., Wagner, R., & Grigorenko, E. (2011) In search for the perfect phenotype: An analysis of linkage and association studies of reading and reading-related processes. Behavior Genetics, 41, 120-124. PMC3056345

Preston, J.L., Frost, S., Mencl, W.E., Fulbright, R.K., Landi, N., Grigorenko, E., Jacobsen, L., & Pugh, K.R (2010). Early and late talkers: school-age language, literacy and neurolinguistic differences. Brain. 133, 2185-2195. PMC3139938

Landi, N., Mencl, W.E., Frost, S.J., Sandak, R., Chen,H., & Pugh, K.R. (2010). An fMRI study of multimodal semantic and phonological processing in reading disabled adolescents. Annals of Dyslexia, 60,102-121.PMC3148012

Landi, N. (2010). An examination of the relationship between reading comprehension, higher-level and lower-level reading sub-skills in adults. Reading and Writing, 23, 701- 717. PMC3117585

Frost, S., Landi, N., Mencl, W.E., Sandak, R. Fulbright, R.K., Jacobsen, L., Grigorenko, E., Constable, R.T., & Pugh, K. (2009). Phonological awareness predicts cortical activation patterns for print and speech. Annals of Dyslexia, 59, 78-97. PMC2720826

Pugh K.R., Frost, S.J., Sandak, R., Landi, N. Rueckl, J., G., Constable, R.T., Seidenberg, M., Fulbright, R., Katz, L., & Mencl, W.E. (2008). Effects of stimulus difficulty and repetition on printed word identification: an fMRI comparison of nonimpaired and reading-disabled adolescent cohorts. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 1146-1160. PMC3152957

Landi, N. & Perfetti, C.A. (2007). An electrophysiological investigation of semantic and phonological processing in skilled and less skilled comprehenders. Brain and Language, 102, 30-45.

Landi, N., Perfetti, C.A., Bolger, D.J., Dunlap, S., & Foorman, B.R. (2006). The role of discourse context in developing word representations: A paradoxical relation between reading and learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 94, 114-133.



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