Bronwyn Glaser has been studying cognitive and behavioral phenotypes since 1998 after graduating in Human Biology from Stanford University. She began her career doing research with children and families affected by a wide spectrum of neurogenetic disorders, including fragile X syndrome, Turner syndrome, Williams syndrome, and velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS). She then went on to focus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during her Masters in Psychology from Denver University, and on VCFS during her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Geneva. During her doctorate, Bronwyn became particularly interested in social behavior in VCFS, and particularly the intersection between attention to faces, emotion recognition, and brain function. From her studies on these topics emerged a cognitive remediation program, Vis-a-Vis, which supports cognitive development in school-age children by focusing on working memory, emotion recognition and face processing.
Her post-doctoral work has been translational research focusing on the cognitive, behavioral and neuroimaging changes related to cognitive remediation in children with VCFS, autism, oridiopathic developmental delay. She currently develops interventions for families and practitioners working with the syndrome. Originally from Napa, California, Bronwyn’s work on VCFS has taken her from the Stanford Medical School to the University of Geneva in Switzerland; where in 2001, she helped Professor Stephan Eliez to found a research program focusing on psychiatry, cognition and neuroimaging in the syndrome. From early on in her career, Bronwyn has been involved in the Velo-cardio-facial Syndrome Educational Foundation, first as a board member, and currently as co-regional director of Europe. Bronwyn has published extensively and lectured all over the world about the syndrome, and she relishes all opportunities to bridge the gap between research and practice.