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Language, Experience, and Development (LEAD) Lab


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Journal Articles

2024 & In Press

  • Cychosz, M., Edwards, J., Munson, B., Romeo, R.R., Kosie, J.E., & Newman, R. (in press). The everyday speech environments of preschoolers with and without cochlear implants. Journal of Child Language. 
  • Potenza, M.N, Hutton, J.S., Taylor Piotrowski, J., Bagot, K., Blumberg, F., Canli, T., Chein, J., Christakis, D.A., Grafman, J., Griffin, J.A., Hummer, T., Kuss, D., Lerner, M., Marcovitch, S., Paulus, M.P., Perlman, G., Romeo, R.R., Thomason, M.E., Turel, O., Weinstein, A., West, G., & Hurst-Della Pietra, P. (in press) Digital media and developing brains: Concerns and Opportunities. Current Addiction Reports.
  • Decker, A., Meisler, S.L., Hubbard, N., Bauer, C., Leonard, J., Imhof, A., Giebler, M., Grotzinger, H., Camacho Torres, Y., Romeo, R.R.,* & Gabrieli, J.D.E.* (2024). Striatal and behavioral responses to reward vary by socioeconomic status in adolescents. Journal of Neuroscience, e1633232023.



  • Romeo, R.R. (2024). Considering mechanisms, intersectionality, and levels of early intervention from a developmental neuroscience perspective – a commentary on Nelson et al. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 
  • Alonso, A., McDorman, S.A., & Romeo, R.R. (2023). Neural connections: How brain-to-brain synchrony during parent-child interactions can inform the study of child development. Child Development Perspectives, 18, 26-35.

  • Carolus, A.E., McLaughlin, K.A., Lengua, L.J., Rowe, M.L., Sheridan, M.A., Zalewski, M. ,Moran, L., & Romeo, R.R. (2023). Conversation disruptions in early childhood predict executive functioning development: A longitudinal study. Developmental Science. 

  • Taylor, E.K., Abdurokhmonova, G. and Romeo, R.R. (2023). Socioeconomic Status and Reading Development: Moving from “Deficit” to “Adaptation” in Neurobiological Models of Experience-Dependent Learning. Mind, Brain, and Education.    

  • Marks, R.A., Pollack, C., Meisler, S.L., D’Mello, A.M., Centanni, T.M., Romeo, R.R., Wade, K., Matejko, A.A., Ansari, D., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Christodoulou, J.A. (2023). Neurocognitive risk factors for co-occurring math difficulties in dyslexia: Differences in executive function and visuospatial processing. Developmental Science, e13443. 



  • Romeo, R.R., Perrachione, T.K., Olson, H.O., Halverson, K.K., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Christodoulou, J.A. (2022). Socioeconomic dissociations in the neural and cognitive bases of reading disorders. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 58(101175).  

  • Romeo, R.R., Uchida, L., & Christodoulou, J.A. (2022). Socioeconomic status and reading outcomes: Neurocognitive and behavioral correlates. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2022(52-70). 




  • Romeo, R.R., Pezanowski, R., Merrill, K., Hargrave, S., & Hansen, A. (2022). Benefits and barriers to communication with infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Journal of Child Healthcare.
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  • Romeo, R.R., Flournoy, J.C., McLaughlin, K.A., & Lengua, L.J. (2022). Language development as a mechanism linking socioeconomic status to executive functioning development in preschool. Developmental Science.   

  • Al Dahhan, N.Z., Halverson, K., Peek, C., Wilmot, D., D’Mello, A., Romeo, R.R., Meegoda, O., Imhof, A., Wade, K., Sridha, A., Falke, E., Centanni, T.M., Gabrieli, JDE, Christodoulou, J.A. (2022). Dissociating executive function and ADHD influences on reading ability in children with dyslexia. Cortex, 153, 126-142.


  • Romeo, R.R.*, Leonard, J.A.*, Robinson, S.T., Mackey, A.P., West, M.R., & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2021). Replication and extension of a family-based training program to improve cognitive abilities in young children.  Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 14(4), 792-811  

  • Romeo, R.R., Choi, A.B., Gabard-Durnam, L.J., Wilkinson, C.L., Levin, A.R., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Nelson, C.A.  (2021). Parent language input predicts neuroscillatory patterns underlying language development in infants at risk of Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 52, 2717-2731   

  • Romeo, R.R., Leonard, J.A., Grotzinger, H.M., Robinson, S.T., Takada, M., Mackey, A.P., Scherer, E., Rowe, M.L., West, M.R., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2021).  Neuroplasticity associated with conversational turn-taking following a family-based intervention. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 49, 100967.  

  • Pollack, C., Wilmot, D., Centanni T., Halverson K., Frosch I., D’Mello A., Romeo R.R., Imhof A., Capella J., Wade K., Al Dahhan, N. Z., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Christodoulou, J.A. (2021). Anxiety, motivation, and competence in mathematics and reading in children with and without learning difficulties. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 704821. 


  • Hubbard, N.A., Romeo, R.R., Grotzinger, H., Giebler, M., Imhof, A., Bauer, C., & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2020). Reward-sensitive basal ganglia stabilize the maintenance of goal-relevant neural patterns in adolescents. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 32(8), 1508–1524.  

  • Cychosz, M., Romeo, R. R., Soderstrom, M., Scaff, C. H., Ganek, H., Cristia, A., Casillas, M., Bang, J., & Weisleder, A. (2020). Long form recordings of everyday life: Ethics for best practices. Behavior Research Methods, 52, 1951–1969.  

  • Guell, X., D’Mello, A., Romeo, R. R., Hubbard, N., Schmahmann, J. D., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Gabrieli, J.D.E, & Anteraper, S. A. (2020). Functional territories of human dentate nucleus. Cerebral Cortex, 30(4), 2401-2417,  



  • Romeo, R. R. (2019). Socioeconomic and experiential influences on the neurobiology of language development. Invited review at Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups: Special Issue on the Neurobiology of Language Development and Disorders, 4, 1229–1238.  

  • Leonard, J. A., Romeo, R. R., Park, A. T., Takada, M., Robinson, S.T., Grotzinger, H., Finn, A. S., Gabrieli, J. D. E., & Mackey, A. P. (2019). Associations between cortical thickness and reasoning vary by socioeconomic status in early childhood and adolescence. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.  



  • Romeo, R. R., Segaran, J., Leonard, J. A., Robinson, S., West, M. R., Mackey, A. P., Yendiki, A., Rowe, M. L., Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2018). Language exposure relates to structural neural connectivity in childhood.  Journal of Neuroscience, 38(36), 7870-7877 doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0484-18.2018  

  • Romeo, R. R., Leonard, J. A., Robinson, S. T., West, M. R., Mackey, A. P., Rowe, M. L., Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2018). Beyond the “30 million word gap:” Children’s conversational exposure is associated with language-related brain function. Psychological Science, 29(5), 700–710. doi:10.1177/0956797617742725  

    • Most cited article in Psychological Science, 2018-2021
  • Romeo, R. R.*, Christodoulou, J. A*,  Halverson, K. K., Murtagh, J., Cyr, A. B., Schimmel, C., Chang, P., Hook, P. E., & Gabrieli J. D. E. (2018). Socioeconomic status and reading disability: Neuroanatomy and plasticity in response to intervention. Cerebral Cortex, 28(7), 2297-2312doi:10.1093/cercor/bhx131  


Prior to 2018

  • Tuomainen, O., Hazan, V., & Romeo, R. (2016). Do talkers produce less dispersed phoneme categories in a clear speaking style? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(4), EL320. doi:10.1121/1.4964815  

  • Romeo R., Hazan V., & Pettinato M. (2013). Developmental and gender-related trends of intra-talker variability in consonant production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America134(5), 3781 – 3792. doi:10.1121/1.4824160  



Book Chapters

  • Romeo, R.R. (2023). The neuroscience of early literacy development. In S. Cabell., S. Neuman, & N. Patton Terry (Eds.) Handbook on the Science of Early Literacy, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Rowe, M.L., Romeo, R.R., & Leech, K.A.  (2023). Early environmental influences on language. In S. Cabell., S. Neuman, & N. Patton Terry (Eds.) Handbook on the Science of Early Literacy, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Romeo, R.R. & Christodoulou, J.A. (2022). How Neuroscience Can Help to Overcome Adversity in Education. In A. Holliman & K. Sheehy (Eds.) Overcoming Adversity in Education. Abington, UK: Taylor & Francis.
  • Romeo, R. R., Imhof, A., Bhatia, P., Christodoulou, J. A. (2018). Relationships between socioeconomic status and reading development: Cognitive outcomes and neural mechanisms. In S. J. Lipina, & M. S. Segretin (Eds.) Exploring the neuroscience of poverty (pp. 166-198).Erice, Italy: International Mind, Brain and Education School (Ettore Majorana Foundation for Scientific Culture). ISBN 978-987-86-2055-8. Full book in English and Spanish for download