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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Reid Lyon


Reid Lyon

Distinguished Scholar in Cognition and Neuroscience

PhD, University of New Mexico (Neuropsychology and Learning Disorders)

Brain Plasticity & Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, Brain Injury



972-883-3211 phone email

















About Reid Lyon


Dr. Lyon is a distinguished scholar in cognition and neuroscience at the Center for Brain Health in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to coming to UTD, Dr. Lyon was the Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch at the National Institutes of Health from 1992 until 2005 and most recently served as the Associate Dean and as a Distinguished Professor leadership and policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU.


Research Interests


From 1978 until 2005, Dr. Lyon's research focused on the neurobiological, cognitive and linguistic foundations of reading development and disorders and learning disabilities in children and adults. Dr. Lyon's research contributed to the development of definitional and classification systems currently used today in the diagnosis of dyslexia and learning disabilities. Within this context, he explored the impact of different intervention and instructional programs for reading disorders on both behavioral and neurocognitive outcomes using a variety of neuroimaging modalities. Dr. Lyon's current research interests are in the application of higher order strategic problem solving protocols to improve gist reasoning among adolescents as well as in basic and applied research to map the neurobiological and cognitive impact of PTSD and traumatic brain injury among OIF/OEF veterans.


Recent Publications


Fletcher, J.M., Lyon, G.R., Fuchs, L., & Barnes, M. (in press). Learning disabilities: From identification to intervention. (Second Edition) New York: Guilford Press.


Gamino, J.F., Chapman, S.B., Hull, E.L., & Lyon, R. (2010). Effects of Higher-order Cognitive Strategy Training on Gist Reasoning and Fact Learning in Adolescent Frontiers in Educational Psychology, 1, 1-16.


Lyon, G.R. & Weiser, B. (2009). Teacher Knowledge, Instructional Expertise, and the Development of Reading Proficiency. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 42, 475-480.


Shaywitz, B.A., Lyon, G.R., & Shaywitz, S.E. (2006). The role of functional magnetic resonance imaging in understanding reading and dyslexia. Developmental Neuropsychology, 30, 613-632.