Principal Investigator: Juan E. Jiménez


Professor of Learning Disabilities at the University of La Laguna in the Canary Islands (Spain). He was Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Canary Institute and Educational Quality Assessment (ICEC). Scientific advisor for IFIIE (Ministry of Education) in the study on students with dyslexia within the education system in Spain. He has participated as Spanish coordinator responsible for cooperation programs from Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) with Latin American countries: Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Ecuador. He has collaborated with the Technical Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Expert appointed by United Nations for Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the project Formative Assessment of Writing in Early Grades. Institutional Research Award for his career and science curriculum in the area of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences by the Institution of the University of La Laguna, 2013.

Jennifer Balade González

JenniferShe has a degree in Speech Therapy from the Universidad de Granada. She has a master’s degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and a master’s degree in Early Care, both at the Universidad de Granada. She is the recipient of a Collaboration Grant in the Writing Skills Intervention Program and in the Study of the potential for literacy learning in school-age children (EPALE test) by the Universidad de Granada. She has experience in clinical speech therapy. She is currently a fellow of the Research Personnel Training Program (FPI) and Phd student in the Psychology Doctoral Programme at the Universidad de La Laguna.

Elaine Bisschop


She has a degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). She has completed her Masters degree in “Intervención psicopedagógica en contextos de la educación formal y no formal” at the University of La Laguna. She is a PhD candidate at the same university and her research focuses on specific learning disabilities in math and verbal problem solving. Currently she works as a research assistant in the Math Child project at the VU University (The Netherlands).

Natalia Suárez


PhD degree in Psychology. Master degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology (Clinical, Developmental and Educational aspects) and Master degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Specific Educational Needs. She earned a scholarship program research training (FPI). She has attended national and international conferences on education, ICT and learning disabilities. She has taught in courses related to the field of Psychology and Education. Currently she´s  a professor at the “Diploma de Especialización en la Enseñanza de la Lectura”. Her research focuses in the study of teacher’s beliefs and teaching  practices on reading.

Nuria Gutiérrez Sosa

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Graduated in Psychology at the University of the Basque Country. She has a master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning Disabilities at the la Laguna University. Her research is focused on early detection of specific learning disabilities. Her main contribution is the development of a Curriculum Based Measure for beginner’s Reading.

Rebeca Villaroel


Degree in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello ( Caracas, Venezuela ) . He has completed a Official Master degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Specific Educational Needs from the University of La Laguna, the University of Valencia and the University of Almería . Currently completing the Official Program of Doctorate in Psychology at the University of La Laguna. She has collaborated in the design and development of several programs for the identification of mathematics learning disabilities and PRIMATE  program. Her main research deals with mathematics learning disabilities, specifically number  processing and numerical transcoding.

Isaac Marco Rodríguez


Student of Computer Science at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). Has dedicated his professional life to developing video games and educational software. Within the group, he has participated in the creation of training programs for teachers and the development of several diagnostic tests focused on computer mathematics and writing.

Celia Morales


Degree in Psychology and Education from the University of La Laguna, Expert in Educational Counseling and Intervention at the University of La Laguna and Tafor Psicotecnia Institute Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience and Specific Educational Needs from the University of La Laguna. She has a work contract as trainer research from the Canary Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society. She currently works as a researcher and university teacher (with the venia docenci) in grades kindergarten Magisterium, Speech and Psychology, and also in a postgraduate specialization in Teaching Reading from ULL. Currently she is doing the PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Education at the University of La Laguna. Her doctoral thesis has the principal aims to analyze the development of transcription skills in writing (in the modalities pen vs. keyboard) in the early grades of primary education.

Christian Peake


Christian Peake is PhD in Psychology. He graduated in psychology (University of Balearic Islands), and has completed an Official Postgraduate in Cognitive Neuroscience and Special Educational Needs at the University of La Laguna. His scientific interest is focused on learning disabilities in mathematics as well as in the cognitive processes that underlie learning. He has published studies and book chapters focused on these issues, and he has reported his results at international conferences. He has spent research periods at the University of Casa Grande (Guayaquil, Ecuador); Dipartimento di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e della Socializzazione (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy); and the Cuban Center of Neuroscience (La Habana, Cuba).

Cristina Rodríguez Rodríguez


Associate Professor at the Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception (UCSC, Chile) since 2014. In 2011 she got a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Program for Human Resources Mobility Research (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain), to carried out her research project at the University of Amsterdam during the period 2012-2014. In 2010, she was hired as PhD researcher to develop a technology transfer project funded by the Fundamental Research Projects oriented towards the transmission of knowledge to the company (TRACE, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain). In 2007 she earned her PhD degree in Psychology. During the previous years, from 2002 to 2006 she was research trainee through a PhD fellowship from the Program Research Training (FPU, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports). Her research line is “Cognition of reading, writing and numerical processing in people with normal and atypical development”.

Isabel O’Shanahan Juan


Senior Lecture at the University of La Laguna. She works at the Language and Literature Department of Specific Didactics in the Faculty of Education and she is responsible for teachers training in early childhood education and graduate-oriented teacher training and pedagogic intervention. She has focused his research on the study of the beliefs of teachers and teaching practices in oral and written language.

Remedios Guzmán


Senior Lecturer of Assessment in Education at the Department of Educational Research and Didactics at the University of La Laguna. Bachelor of Science in Education (1983) and Psychology (1993), PhD in Psychology (1998) from the University of La Laguna. She teachs in Master’s degree of Psychopedagogical Intervention at the Faculty of Education, and the Master’s degree of Cognitive Neuroscience and Specific Educational Needs at the Faculty of Psychology. Since 2012 participates in the national program of accreditation of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation. His research has focused on the teaching of reading and Specific Learning Disabilities. His current research interests include the assessment of cultural and linguistically diverse students.

Desirée González Martín


Associate Professor of Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education, Faculty of Education at the University of La Laguna. Currently she teaches in the Degree in  Early Childhood Education,  in the Degree in Pedagogy- Education Studies and Master’s degree in Education and ICTs (e-learning). In addition, she participates teaching in the Diploma of Specialization in Teaching Reading. She has been research fellowship of FPI Programme (Research Personnel Training). Her Doctoral dissertation examined the prevalence, the cognitive processes and family characteristics of teenagers with dyslexia. She has developed other research activities related to the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) Model for the identification and prevention of learning disabilities in reading. She has published several papers in national and international prestigious journals related to cognitive processes and reading. Her main areas of research have focused on the study of prevalence and cognitive, cultural and biological indicators of learning disabilities and the development of technological applications for assessment and instruction of specific learning difficulties.

Rocío Díaz Pérez


Graduated in teaching-Primary Education specialty (2010), Degree in Psychopedagogy (2012)and Master in Cognitive Neuroscience and Special Educational (2012), University of La Laguna. Currently research fellow, studentship Obra Social La Caixa-Fundación CajaCanarias para Posgraduados de la Universidad de La Laguna. Her research focuses on the “Implementation of the Response to Intervention Model (RtI) through PRIMATE Tutorial System in the prevention of learning disabilities in maths”.

Sara del Cristo de León Pérez


Degree in teaching in the field of Primary Education, Degree in Psychopedagogy and Master in Cognitive Neuroscience and Especial Education from the University of La Laguna. She benefits of the Teacher Training University Programme, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. Her research focussed on the study of the underlying processes in reading comprehension, which affect poor comprehenders students.

Alicia Díaz Megolla

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Associate Professor at the Department of Education at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 2011 where she currently teaches courses on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Learning Disabilities in the degree of early childhood education and primary education. In 2007 she obtained his PhD and doctorate extraordinary award. Her research focuses in Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities in children and teenagers, and the development of technological applications for assessment and instruction of Learning Disabilities, where she has several national and international publications.

Patricia Crespo Alberto

patriciaPhD degree in Psychology by the University of La Laguna. The main topic of her research is focus on the Response to Intervention Model and how it works with Hispanic population. Her interest for how the model works led her to the Center on Teaching and Learning at the Universidad of Oregon, where she spent two consecutive research periods. She also realized a short term period at the University of Amsterdam. Because her interest in early intervention, currently she works with kids with learning disabilities and also making research about emotional and social abilities in kindergartens.