Nicky Dietz, Ph.D.
Nicky graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a B.A. in
Interdisciplinary Studies. After working as a laboratory research assistant at
UVA for a couple of years, she entered the MD/PhD Interdisciplinary Program in
Neuroscience at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Under Dr. Edenís
mentorship, she completed her thesis work at Center for the Study of Learning.
Nicky used fMRI to investigate the neural anatomy and mechanisms of deriving
the sound structure of a word from its written form, a process referred to as
phonological decoding in reading. This is a complex ability essential for
development of good reading skills, and is deficient in people with dyslexia.
In addition, she worked on a study comparing the advantages and drawbacks of
two different methods of fMRI image acquisition, especially in relation to
experiments involving overt speech. She will complete her MD/PhD in May 2006.
In June 2006, Nicky will begin her internship in Internal Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania where she will continue for a residency in
- Eden, G. F., Jones, K.M., Cappell, K., Gareau, L., Wood, F.B., Zeffiro, T.A., Dietz, N.A.E., Agnew, J.A. and Flowers, D.L. (2004). Neural changes following remediation in adult developmental dyslexia, Neuron, 44 (3), 411-422.
- Dietz, N.A.E., Jones, K. M., Gareau, L., Zeffiro, T. A., and Eden, G.F. (2005). The role of the left posterior fusiform cortex in phonological decoding. Human Brain Mapping, 26(2):81-93.
- Dietz, N., Peng, J. and Kanwal, J.S. (1998) Call variation in two subspecies of mustached bats, Pteronotus parnellii: Do bats have dialects? Association of Research in Otolaryngology Abstracts.
- Gupta, P. Dietz, N. and Kanwal, J.S. (1998) Vocal communication and stereotypic social behavior patterns in the mustached bat, Pteronotus parnellii. Association of Research in Otolaryngology Abstracts.
- Dietz, N. Jones, K.M. Zeffiro, T.A. Eden, G.F. (2000) Phonological processing investigated with overt pseudoword reading. Neuroimage 11(5), S348.