Top of page
Skip to main content
Main content

Brianna L. YamasakiAssistant Professor


Dr. Brianna L. Yamasaki received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Washington. Following her graduate work, she completed postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Yamasaki joined Emory University as an Assistant Professor in 2022.


Research Interests

Cognitive & Developmental Neuroscience, Individual Differences, Language, Literacy, Executive Processes (Attention & Memory)

Research Areas 

Dr. Yamasaki’s research lies at the crossroads of cognitive and developmental psychology. Her program of research leverages cognitive neuroscience, behavioral co-variance, longitudinal designs, and training studies to explore how language, literacy, and executive processes (attention and memory) interact to drive individual differences in linguistic development across the lifespan. Through her work, she aims to build more inclusive and comprehensive models of language and reading. Towards this aim, she focuses on extending existing theories in two novel ways: (1) increasing the linguistic diversity of the populations examined and accounted for in language and reading research, and (2) complementing current behavioral models with neurobiological investigations aimed at describing the multiple mechanisms that support skilled language and reading development.

Prospective Graduate Students

I will be considering applications this year for graduate enrollment in the fall of 2023. To learn more about my research, and find the answers to common questions, please go to my Potential Graduate Student FAQ


  • PSYC/LING 309: Brain and Language