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Bruce McCandliss, PhD

Bruce McCandliss

Bruce McCandliss, PhD

Head of the Educational Neuroscience Initiative

Bruce McCandliss, PhD, is the head of the Educational Neuroscience Initiative at Stanford University where he is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Psychology (by courtesy).  His research uses the tools of developmental cognitive neuroscience to study individual differences and educational transformations in key cognitive skills such as attention, literacy, and mathematics. After earning his PhD at the University of Oregon in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience under the mentorship of Michael Posner, he pursued postdoctoral training in neuroimaging at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.  In 1999, he became an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) for his work in linking early literacy interventions to brain mechanisms.  In 2009, he accepted an endowed professorship — the Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair of Psychology and Human Development— at Vanderbilt University. In 2014, he accepted full professorship at Stanford University where in 2018, he launched the Educational Neuroscience Initiative which endeavors to bring together elementary school education and neuroscience research to understand how the brain changes with learning.