Dr. Jessica Church-Lang is an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Church-Lang received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. She has a strong interest in how cognitive processes develop over age and in how research on atypical development illuminates the vulnerable aspects of typical cognitive development. Research in the lab currently focuses on the development of cognitive skills such as task switching and reading in late childhood and early adolescence. She heads the neuroimaging arm of the MCPER and VGC project on fourth-grade reading intervention. The project investigates whether neuroimaging can reveal differences between struggling readers who respond to intervention and those who don't, as well as differences between struggling and nonstruggling readers during sentence comprehension. The project is particularly interested in how regions of the brain involved in attention relate to reading disorders. As part of the reading intervention project, as well as in other research efforts, her team explores the development of short-duration, rapidly adjusting adaptive control brain networks, how they might be different in typical and atypical development, and how they interact over age with the rest of the brain. To address these questions, she uses behavioral methods such as cognitive tests (measuring reaction times, accuracy on tasks, or eye movements), neuropsychological assessments, neuroimaging (fMRI, resting-state fcMRI), and studies of patient populations (e.g., children with Tourette syndrome or dyslexia). To contact Church-Lang, visit the UT Austin Department of Psychology website.