Dr. Lyon is a research psychologist and chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within NICHD (the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) at NIH (the National Institutes of Health). He is responsible for the direction, development, and management of research programs in developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral pediatrics, reading, and human learning and learning disorders.
Before joining NIH on a full-time basis in l991, Dr. Lyon served on the faculties of University of Alabama-Birmingham from 1977 to 1980, Northwestern University (Communication Science and Disorders/Neuroscience) from 1980 to 1983, and University of Vermont (Neurology) from 1983 to 1991. He was a member of the Maternal and Child Health Scientific Peer Review Group at NICHD/NIH from 1987 to 1991. He also chaired the NICHD/NIH scientific peer review panel for learning disability multidisciplinary research centers.
Dr. Lyon's research program was supported, in part, by grants from NIH and the Department of Education prior to his coming to NIH. He received his Ph.D. from University of New Mexico in 1978 with a dual concentration in psychology/developmental neuropsychology and special education/learning disorders. He completed a fellowship in developmental neuroscience at the University of New Mexico Medical Center. He has taught children with learning disabilities and served as a third-grade classroom teacher and as a school psychologist for 12 years in the public schools.
Dr. Lyon has authored, co-authored, and edited over 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters addressing learning differences and disabilities in children. He was a member of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. He is currently responsible for interpreting NIH scientific discoveries relevant to the health and education of children to the White House, the United States Congress, and other governmental agencies.
Dr. Lyon also currently serves as an advisor to President George W. Bush on child development and education research and policies. He was recently appointed by President Bush and the U.S. Ambassador to France to represent the United States within UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization)'s Coalition for the Decade of Literacy.
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