Helen Neville, Ph.D., Director Emerita

helenHelen Neville
Lab Director Emerita
Brain Development Lab, University of Oregon
Ph.D. Cornell University (Neuropsychology)
M.A. Simon Fraser University (Psychology)
B.A. University of British Columbia (Psychology)
Email:  neville@uoregon.edu


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Research Interests:

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Professional Service

2016 – present   Professor Emerita

1999-2016 Member, Executive Committee, Brain, Biology & Machine Initiative, University of Oregon
1999-2016 Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oregon
1995-2016 Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Oregon
1995-2016 Director, Brain Development Lab, Psychology Dept., University of Oregon

Selected Honors and Awards

2014 National Academy of Sciences
2013 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award, UC Merced
2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Presence Rankings for 2012
2012 William James Fellow Award, Assoc. for Psychological Science
2012 Honorary Degree, Georgetown University
2012 Hebb Ledcturer, Georgetown University
2011 Keynote Address, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society
2011 Recipient, Fondation Ipsen Neuronal Plasticity Prize
2008 Distinguished Lecturer, University of Toronto
2007 Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2007 Invited Address, Society for Research in Child Development
2007 Landsdowne Lecturer, University of Victoria
2005 Keynote Addresses: Cognitive Development Society Biennial Meeting and Emory Cognition Project Conference on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
2004 Particiipant, Mind & Life Institute XII meeting with the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India
2003 Keynote Speaker, Symosium for Queen’s 60th Birthday, “The Children in Her Majesty’s Crown”, Stockholm
2002-present Recipient, Robert and Beverly Lewis Endowed Chair
2001-present Member, Society of Experimental Psychologists
2001 Fellow, The American Psychological Society
2000 Recipient, Justine and Yves Sergent Award, Montreal, Canada
1999-2003 Distinguished Lecturer: Florida State University, Duke University, University of Maryland, University of Washington, and University of Texas, Health Science Center, Houston
1998-present Panel Chair, Sackler Institute for Human Brain Development
1998-present Assoc. Editor, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
1998 Invited address, Society for Neuroscience
1998 Member, National Science Foundation Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience
1998 Sprague Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
1996-present Member, Board of Governors, Cognitive Neuroscience Society
1993-1997 Claude Pepper Award

Recent Grants

2013-2018 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, (90YR0076-01-00), Principal Investigator, Broader Implementation of a Successful Dual-Generation Intervention in Partnership with Head Start.
2011-2015 U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, (NCER R305A110398), Principal Investigator. Training Attention in At-Risk Preschoolers: Expansion of our Successful Program to a Wider Population Within Head Start.
2011-2014 U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (NCER R305A110397), Principal Investigator. Longitudinal Follow-up of Successful Parent-Child Intervention in Pre-school Children At Risk for School Failure.

Short Biography

Helen Neville uses psychophysical, electrophysiological (ERP), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study the development and plasticity of the human brain. Over the course of this research, her lab has observed that different brain systems and related functions display markedly different degrees or ‘profiles’ of neuroplasticity. Guided by these findings, she is conducting a program of research on the effects of different types of training on brain development and cognition on typically developing children and parents living in poverty. These studies will contribute to a basic understanding of the nature and mechanisms of human brain plasticity, as well as contribute to the design and implementation of educational programs especially those that close the inequality between lower and higher socioeconomic status.

Neville has published in many books and journals including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, and Brain Research. She has received numerous honors including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fondation Ipsen Neuronal Plasticity Prize, Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award (IMBES), Hebb Lecturer, Dalhousie University, Honorary Degree, Georgetown University, William James Fellow Award (APS) and the National Academy of Science Award. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Academic Panel of Birth to Three, and is active in many educational outreach programs.  Her DVD on brain development and neuroplasticity for non-brain scientists:  changingbrains.org.



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