Early Literacy Research Library (ELRL) - Profile

Emily Gallagher, MD, MPH

Contact Email: emily.gallagher@seattlechildrens.org


University of Washington, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Seattle, Washington
Associate Professor

University of Washington, School of Public Health, Department of Global Health
Seattle, Washington
Adjunct Associate Professor


I am a pediatrician with fellowship training in Craniofacial Medicine and practice in the Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center. My research at University of Washington focuses on interventions to improve neurodevelopmental and academic outcomes for children with craniofacial differences. Much of my work has focused on literacy interventions for young children. I also study low-cost tools to screen for hearing in low- and middle-income countries. I work with newborn hearing screening programs in the State of Washington and the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Forum.

Research Interests

  • Reach out and Read (ROR)
  • Shared Reading
  • School Readiness and Educational Outcomes

Past Research

Optimizing the Home Literacy Environment for Children with Oral Clefts;
Validating a Smartphone-based Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) Test for Infant Hearing Screening;
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention in Kenya (EHDI-K): Opportunities and challenges to improve access and decrease loss to follow up

Ongoing Research

BOOST: Book Sharing for Toddlers with Clefts: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Remote Intervention to Promote Language Development in Children with Cleft Palate;
mHealth OAE: Towards Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in Kenya (mTUNE)