Founders

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Dr. Carolyn Brown

President

A research scientist and adjunct professor Dr. Brown has devoted her career to developing tools and testing solutions that optimize language and literacy development for all students. Her research has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education and the State of Iowa. Dr. Brown received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Eastern New Mexico University and her Ph.D. in the same field at University of Iowa. Her areas of specialization are child development, language acquisition and reading. Dr. Brown and her husband Dr. Zimmermann founded Foundations in Learning (FIL) in 2009 and developed Access Code – a blended, online intervention for struggling readers in elementary and middle school, and iASK, the accompanying screener and diagnostic tool.

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Jerry Zimmermann, Ph.D., J.D

Vice President of Research

Dr. Zimmermann received a B.A. in psychology from Brown University, an M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Speech Science from the University of Iowa. His research at the University’s Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic earned him the distinction of being a leading authority on stuttering. Dr. Zimmermann received two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Iowa, both of which were supported by the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and worked for several years as an attorney at law in private practice. In 2005, Drs. Brown and Zimmermann co-founded the nonprofit organization, The Iowa Language and Literacy Institute, with the mission of improving lives by improving literacy. They also serve as adjunct professors in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa.