Nicole Landi

Degree: Ph.D., 2005, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests:
  • Reading and Language Development


  • Disorders of Reading and Language


  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurogenetic Approaches
Research Synopsis:

Dr. Landi’s work focuses on both typical and atypical reading and language development and uses multiple methodologies (EEG/ERP, fMRI, sMRI, MRS, & neurogenetic analyses) to better understand developmental trajectories for reading and language from early childhood through late adolescence.

Courses: Undergraduate:
PSYC 2400 – Developmental Psychology
PSYC 3450W – Advanced Laboratory in Human ElectrophysiologyGraduate:
PSYC 5424/COGS 5150 – Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Throughout the LifespanPSYC 5425 – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Students in Research: Kayleigh Ryherd

Katie Shaw

Meaghan Perdue

Representative Publications: Landi, N. & Ryherd, K. (accepted). Understanding Specific Comprehension Impairment: A review. Language and Linguistics Compass.


Jasińska, K., Kornilov, S., Molfese, P., Frost, S., Lee, M., Mencl, W. E., Pugh, K. R., Grigorenko, E., & Landi, N. (2016). The BDNF Val66Met Polymorphism Influences Reading Ability and Patterns of Neural Activation in Children.  PLoS ONE, 11(8), e0157449.


Breen, M., Kaswer, L., Van Dyke, J. A., & Landi, N. (2016). Imitated prosodic fluency predicts reading comprehension ability in good and poor high school readers. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1026. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01026


Van Dyke, J. & Landi, N. (2016). The Development of Reading Comprehension Skill: Processing and Memory. In E. Bavin, & L. Naigles (Eds.),  The Cambridge Handbook of Child Language, 2nd edition (pp. 740-761). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


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. PMC4606961


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. PMC4130155


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


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., 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., 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


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.

CV: Nicole Landi_CV_2016