image of Paula Tallal Paula Tallal, a world-recognized authority and leading researcher on the neurobiological basis of language, is a cognitive neuroscientist and board-certified clinical psychologist. She is a founder and co-director of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, as well as a founder of Scientific Learning Corporation. Dr. Tallal is an active participant in many scientific advisory boards and governmental committees and is an international authority on both developmental language disorders and learning disabilities. Dr. Tallal has published over 150 scientific articles and books and her work is widely cited both in scientific journals as well as in the public press. Dr. Tallal received a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, with additional research training at The Johns Hopkins University.