Elissa Newport, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, GUMC and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, GUMC

Dr. Newport runs the Learning and Development Lab, which studies the acquisition of language, the relationship between language acquisition and language structure, and the Pediatric Stroke Research Project, which studies the recovery of language after damage to the brain early in life.

Dr. Newport has been recognized by a number of organizations for the impact of her theoretical and empirical contributions to the field of language acquisition. She has been elected as a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation, and the Packard Foundation. In 2015 she received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Previous faculty appointments
Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois
Department of Psychology, University of Rochester, George Eastman Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

  • Contact Info
    Building D, Suite 145, Room 155
  • eln10@georgetown.edu