PEN Faculty

Dr. Ilaria Berteletti

Dr. Ilaria Berteletti is an Assistant Professor in the PEN Program.

In her role at the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center called Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), Dr. Berteletti is also Director of the PEN Distinguished Lecture Series and University Partnerships (MOUs) and Director of the Numeracy and Educational Neuroscience Laboratory (NENS). In NENS, she investigates the cognitive and neural foundations of numeracy. She examines how humans are able to process exact numerical information, how children learn numbers and become proficient in arithmetical operations, and finally how this learning process and level of proficiency affect the brain networks supporting number and arithmetical processing.

Dr. Berteletti is also interested in understanding the influence of language modality that is the difference in numerical processing and neural substrate between visual and auditory languages as well as understanding how a manual representation of numbers in language might support numerical understanding and exact number acquisition.

Dr. Berteletti earned a PhD in Cognitive Science from Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy). She has extensive expertise in developmental numerical cognition. As a graduate student, Dr. Berteletti conducted behavioral studies on numerical cognition with participants ranging from preschoolers to adults. Her research with children aimed at understanding the developmental trajectory of early numerical skills such as number acuity and numerical estimation with a focus on identifying early markers of math learning disability. 

As a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, she first worked on developmental neuroimaging projects studying the brain networks involved in arithmetical processing in preteen children using fMRI, both in typical learners and children with math learning disability. Later, she worked on a training project in 2 to 5 years old children investigating the neural markers of acquiring the foundational numerical concepts using the EEG. 

Dr. Berteletti brings a strong theoretical background on developmental aspects of numerical and arithmetical cognition to her role with the PEN Program.