Early Literacy Research Library (ELRL) - Profile

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD

Contact Email: tzipi.kraus@technion.ac.il


Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel
Associate Professor

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Baltimore, Maryland
Associate Professor

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
Associate Professor


Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, heading the Educational Neuroimaging Group (ENIG). She is also an Associate Professor at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Between 2013 and 2021, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus was appointed an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and the Scientific Director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. In her research, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus focuses on the involvement of executive functions during word reading and fluency in typically and atypically developing children with reading difficulties to track these abilities from birth and use interventions to modify them. As reading difficulties may stem from environmental and genetic factors, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus’s approach examines the involvement of executive functions in reading acquisition and remediation using a nature-nurture perspective. This includes an examination of parent-child interaction during joint reading and screen and literacy exposure using various neuroimaging tools. In addition to serving as an editor in several scientific journals, Dr Horowitz-Kraus has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and is the principal investigator of several competitive grants focusing on child brain development regarding reading and language development. She is the executive chair of education and communication in the Society of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Society (Flux), a board member of the International Mind Brain and Education Society and an active member in scientific societies focusing on child brain development, pediatrics, neuroscience, and reading.

Research Interests

  • Reach out and Read (ROR)
  • ROR in early infancy
  • ROR in the NICU
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Shared Reading
  • Technology and Digital/Screen-Based Media
  • School Readiness and Educational Outcomes

I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and hence, I am using neuroimaging tools to examine the effect of ROR and ROR-related programs on the young brain.

Ongoing Research

The effect of dialogic reading in Arabic vs Hebrew, the effect of dialogic reading in the NICU