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Kevin Shapiro, MD, PhD

Director of Research and Therapeutic Technologies

Kevin Shapiro, MD, Ph.D., a renowned expert in cognitive neuroscience, is Director of Research and Therapeutic Technologies at Cortica. Dr. Shapiro uses his expertise to identify and address the underlying causes that may impact a child’s development.

Dr. Shapiro has dedicated his career to better understand brain development in children with neurodevelopmental differences. With subspecialty training in vascular neurology, Dr. Shapiro is one of only a handful of board-certified pediatric stroke neurologists in the United States.

An accomplished researcher, Dr. Shapiro’s interests are focused on understanding how learning and the structure of the brain are related to the development of speech and language. He also studies how early brain injuries affect development. His research has been published extensively in leading neuroscience journals and books.  

Dr. Shapiro had the pleasure of pursuing his lifelong passion for learning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, earning his Bachelor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Harvard University. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and another in child neurology in the combined program of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. Dr. Shapiro then headed to the West Coast for fellowship training in stroke and went on to serve on the faculty at the University of California in San Francisco, where he also directed the Pediatric Language Clinic. 

In his free time, Dr. Shapiro volunteers at non-profit organizations dedicated to teaching medical professionals and providing medical care to patients in underserved areas around the world.

Dr. Shapiro is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Child Neurology Society, among others. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds certification in both child neurology and vascular neurology.