A photo of Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus.

Scientific Director, Reading and Literacy Discovery Center

Director, Neurodevelopment of Reading and Dyslexia Lab

Associate Professor, UC Department of PediatricsAssistant Professor, Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology


My Biography & Research


Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics within the UC Department of Pediatrics and the program director of the newly formed Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Horowitz-Kraus received her BS (2002) in Biology and her MS (2004) in Neurobiology from the department of Neurobiochemistry at Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Dr. Horowitz-Kraus also received her MA (Summa Cum Laude, 2007) in the clinical program for diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities and her PhD (2009) from the Edmond J. Safra Brain Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa in Israel. Her PhD focused on characterizing event-related potentials in children and adults with dyslexia and learning disabilities.

After her completion of her PhD, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Haifa and was the leader of school-based projects in Israel. In this project, she determined behavioral and electroencephalographic measures following intervention programs for children with learning disabilities as well as studies aimed at developing objective measures to assess the effectiveness of interventions for children with reading difficulties.

In 2011, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to the United States to join the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium at Cincinnati Children's to continue post-doctoral research using advanced neuroimaging tools including fMRI, DTI and EEG to better understand the role of executive functions in reading and in children with reading disabilities in order to develop more effective interventions.

Research Interests

Neuroimaging; brain development; cognitive development; reading; dyslexia; reading difficulties; executive functions; attention; functional MRI; functional connectivity; EEG

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of PediatricsAssistant Professor, Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology

Clinical Divisions

General and Community Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology, Reproductive Sciences, Communication Sciences, Reading and Literacy, Imaging

Blog Posts

15 Books Featuring Kids with Mental Health Challenges

BlogLearning and Growing

15 Books Featuring Kids with Mental Health Challenges

By Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD10/8/2018

My Education

PhD: University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

My Publications

Higher maternal education is related to negative functional connectivity between attention system networks and reading-related regions in children with reading difficulties compared to typical readers. Greenwood, P; Dudley, J; Hutton, J; DiFrancesco, M; Farah, R; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Molecular Brain Research. 2021; 1766.

Neuro-Behavioral Correlates of Executive Dysfunctions in Dyslexia Over Development From Childhood to Adulthood. Farah, R; Ionta, S; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Frontiers in Psychology. 2021; 12.

Longer Screen Vs. Reading Time is Related to Greater Functional Connections Between the Salience Network and Executive Functions Regions in Children with Reading Difficulties Vs. Typical Readers. Horowitz-Kraus, T; DiFrancesco, M; Greenwood, P; Scott, E; Vannest, J; Hutton, J; Dudley, J; Altaye, M; Farah, R. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2021; 52:681-692.

Maternal depression is associated with decreased functional connectivity within semantics and phonology networks in preschool children. Farah, R; Dudley, J; Hutton, JS; Greenwood, P; Holland, S; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Depression and Anxiety. 2021; 38:826-835.

Development of an Eco-Biodevelopmental Model of Emergent Literacy Before Kindergarten: A Review. Hutton, JS; Dewitt, T; Hoffman, L; Horowitz-Kraus, T; Klass, P. JAMA Pediatrics. 2021; 175:730-741.

Greater reading gain following intervention is associated with low magnetic resonance spectroscopy derived concentrations in the anterior cingulate cortex in children with dyslexia. Cecil, KM; Brunst, KJ; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Molecular Brain Research. 2021; 1759.

Validation of The Reading House and Association With Cortical Thickness. Hutton, JS; Dudley, J; Huang, G; Horowitz-Kraus, T; DeWitt, T; Ittenbach, RF; Holland, SK. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.

The neural basis of executive functioning deficits in adolescents with epilepsy: a resting-state fMRI connectivity study of working memory. Gutierrez-Colina, AM; Vannest, J; Maloney, T; Wade, SL; Combs, A; Horowitz-Kraus, T; Modi, AC. Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2021; 15:166-176.

Maternal depression is associated with altered functional connectivity between neural circuits related to visual, auditory, and cognitive processing during stories listening in preschoolers. Farah, R; Greenwood, P; Dudley, J; Hutton, J; Ammerman, RT; Phelan, K; Holland, S; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Behavioral and Brain Functions. 2020; 16.

Reading in children with drug-resistant epilepsy was related to functional connectivity in cognitive control regions. Kraus, D; Vannest, J; Arya, R; Hutton, JS; Leach, JL; Mangano, FT; Tenney, JR; Byars, AW; DeWitt, TG; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics. 2020; 109:2105-2111.