Student Leadership Team

Adam Stone
Gallaudet University

Adam Stone is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University with Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto as his advisor. He is also a current BL2 research assistant on the Keck and NSF INSPIRE projects (Petitto, PI).

He is interested in neuroscience perspectives on language acquisition and reading in deaf children and educational technology applications promoting sign language acquisition and literacy in deaf children. He is pursuing scientific hypotheses about how the brain's establishment of visual sign phonological representations can have an advantageous impact on young deaf visual learners' acquisition of English and reading success.

Stone has an Master of Arts in ASL/English Bilingual Education from the University of California, San Diego, and has taught in kindergarten and first grade. Additionally, he is the author of Pointy Three, an ASL iBook.

Most recently, Stone was awarded the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from NICHD. He also received a two-year fellowship in the prestigious Society for Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) in July 2015 and was lead author on the peer-reviewed paper "Fingerspelling as a Novel Gateway into Reading Fluency in Deaf Bilinguals," published in October 2015.