Tracy M Centanni

Tracy M Centanni,

Associate Professor

Department: HP-SLP LANG & HEARING SCI
Business Phone: (352) 294-8675
Business Email: tracy.centanni@phhp.ufl.edu

About Tracy M Centanni

Dr. Centanni is the Director of the Genetics of Auditory and visual Perception and Plasticity (GAPP) Lab. Her research program focuses on the genetic and neural correlates of reading acquisition, factors that drive reading disorders (e.g., dyslexia), and neural plasticity including using non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation to improve reading and language.

She received her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Texas at Dallas, using rat models to probe the influence of dyslexia-candidate genes on auditory perception. She then completed postdoctoral training at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and at MIT, with the goal of learning translational and clinically relevant research methods. The GAPP Lab was established at Texas Christian University in 2017, and moved to UF in summer 2023.

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Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2023-2024
RSD6910 Supervised Research
2024
SPA4104 Neural Basis of Communication
2024
SPA4106 Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation
2024
SPA4904 Individual Study
2024
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-9889-334X

Areas of Interest
  • dyslexia
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation
  • auditory and visual perception
  • neural plasticity
  • reading acquisition

Publications

2023
Influence of enhanced perceptual features on development of neural specialization for Arabic print in early readers
GESPR. 4(1):1-22 [DOI] https://doi.org/10.18502/gespr.v4i1.13804.
2023
Influence of Enhanced Perceptual Features on Development of Neural Specialization for Arabic Print in Early Readers
Gulf Education and Social Policy Review (GESPR). [DOI] 10.18502/gespr.v4i1.13804.
2023
Neural Specialization for English and Arabic Print in Early Readers
Neurobiology of Language. 4(4):639-655 [DOI] 10.1162/nol_a_00119. [PMID] 38213783.
2023
The effect of non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation on memory recall in reading: A pilot study.
Behavioural brain research. 438 [DOI] 10.1016/j.bbr.2022.114164. [PMID] 36265760.
2022
Categorical perception and influence of attention on neural consistency in response to speech sounds in adults with dyslexia.
Annals of dyslexia. 72(1):56-78 [DOI] 10.1007/s11881-021-00241-1. [PMID] 34495457.
2022
Dissociating executive function and ADHD influences on reading ability in children with dyslexia
Cortex. 153:126-142 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cortex.2022.03.025.
2022
Speech-specific perceptual adaptation deficits in children and adults with dyslexia.
Journal of experimental psychology. General. 151(7):1556-1572 [DOI] 10.1037/xge0001145. [PMID] 34843363.
2022
The Neural Representation of a Repeated Standard Stimulus in Dyslexia.
Frontiers in human neuroscience. 16 [DOI] 10.3389/fnhum.2022.823627. [PMID] 35634200.
2021
Anxiety, Motivation, and Competence in Mathematics and Reading for Children With and Without Learning Difficulties.
Frontiers in psychology. 12 [DOI] 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.704821. [PMID] 34690863.
2021
Distinct neural substrates of individual differences in components of reading comprehension in adults with or without dyslexia.
NeuroImage. 226 [DOI] 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117570. [PMID] 33221445.
2021
Neural Decoding Reveals Concurrent Phonemic and Subphonemic Representations of Speech Across Tasks
Neurobiology of Language. 2(2):254-279 [DOI] 10.1162/nol_a_00034. [PMID] 34396148.
2020
Cerebellar contributions to rapid semantic processing in reading.
Brain and language. 208 [DOI] 10.1016/j.bandl.2020.104828. [PMID] 32688288.
2020
Context-dependent neural responses to minor notes in frontal and temporal regions distinguish musicians from nonmusicians.
Cognitive, affective & behavioral neuroscience. 20(3):551-564 [DOI] 10.3758/s13415-020-00785-6. [PMID] 32198604.
2020
Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation enhances learning of novel letter-sound relationships in adults.
Brain stimulation. 13(6):1813-1820 [DOI] 10.1016/j.brs.2020.10.012. [PMID] 33127581.
2019
Disrupted left fusiform response to print in beginning kindergartners is associated with subsequent reading.
NeuroImage. Clinical. 22 [DOI] 10.1016/j.nicl.2019.101715. [PMID] 30798165.
2019
Genetic and Environmental Influences on Decoding Skills – Implications for Music and Reading.
Frontiers in psychology. 10 [DOI] 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02604. [PMID] 31798510.
2018
Early development of letter specialization in left fusiform is associated with better word reading and smaller fusiform face area
Developmental Science. 21(5) [DOI] 10.1111/desc.12658. [PMID] 29504651.
2018
Increased variability of stimulus-driven cortical responses is associated with genetic variability in children with and without dyslexia.
Developmental cognitive neuroscience. 34:7-17 [DOI] 10.1016/j.dcn.2018.05.008. [PMID] 29894888.
2017
Development of sensitivity versus specificity for print in the visual word form area.
Brain and language. 170:62-70 [DOI] 10.1016/j.bandl.2017.03.009. [PMID] 28411527.
2016
Knockdown of Dyslexia-GeneDcdc2Interferes with Speech Sound Discrimination in Continuous Streams
The Journal of Neuroscience. 36(17):4895-4906 [DOI] 10.1523/jneurosci.4202-15.2016.
2015
Degraded neural and behavioral processing of speech sounds in a rat model of Rett syndrome.
Neurobiology of disease. 83:26-34 [DOI] 10.1016/j.nbd.2015.08.019. [PMID] 26321676.
2015
Evidence for the multiple hits genetic theory for inherited language impairment: a case study.
Frontiers in genetics. 6 [DOI] 10.3389/fgene.2015.00272. [PMID] 26379700.
2015
The role of candidate-gene CNTNAP2 in childhood apraxia of speech and specific language impairment.
American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. 168(7):536-43 [DOI] 10.1002/ajmg.b.32325. [PMID] 26097074.
2014
Behavioral and neural discrimination of speech sounds after moderate or intense noise exposure in rats.
Ear and hearing. 35(6):e248-61 [DOI] 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000062. [PMID] 25072238.
2014
Degraded auditory processing in a rat model of autism limits the speech representation in non-primary auditory cortex.
Developmental neurobiology. 74(10):972-86 [DOI] 10.1002/dneu.22175. [PMID] 24639033.
2014
Degraded speech sound processing in a rat model of fragile X syndrome.
Brain research. 1564:72-84 [DOI] 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.03.049. [PMID] 24713347.
2014
Detection and identification of speech sounds using cortical activity patterns.
Neuroscience. 258:292-306 [DOI] 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.11.030. [PMID] 24286757.
2014
Knockdown of the dyslexia-associated gene Kiaa0319 impairs temporal responses to speech stimuli in rat primary auditory cortex.
Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 24(7):1753-66 [DOI] 10.1093/cercor/bht028. [PMID] 23395846.
2014
Phonological and lexical influences on phonological awareness in children with specific language impairment and dyslexia.
Frontiers in psychology. 5 [DOI] 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00838. [PMID] 25140161.
2014
Speech sound discrimination training improves auditory cortex responses in a rat model of autism.
Frontiers in systems neuroscience. 8 [DOI] 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00137. [PMID] 25140133.
2014
Speech sound processing deficits and training-induced neural plasticity in rats with dyslexia gene knockdown.
PloS one. 9(5) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0098439. [PMID] 24871331.
2013
Cortical speech-evoked response patterns in multiple auditory fields are correlated with behavioral discrimination ability.
Journal of neurophysiology. 110(1):177-89 [DOI] 10.1152/jn.00092.2013. [PMID] 23596332.

Grants

Jul 2023 ACTIVE
Neural prediction in young adults with dyslexia with differing levels of musical training
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: GRAMMY MUSEUM
Apr 2023 ACTIVE
Anatomical and Functional Consequences of Dyslexia-gene DCDC2 Knockout in a Rat Model
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY via NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD

Education

Ph.D. – Cognition and Neuroscience
2013 · The University of Texas at Dallas
MS – Applied Cognition and Neuroscience
2011 · The University of Texas at Dallas
BS – Psychology
2008 · The Pennsylvania State University

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-8675
Emails:
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Business Mailing:
PO BOX 100174
DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND HEARING SCIENCES
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Business Street:
HPNP BUILDING ROOM 2128
DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND HEARING SCIENCES
1225 CENTER DRIVE
GAINESVILLE TX 32610