Furtuna Tewolde, M.S.

Furtuna TewoldeBiography

Furtuna Tewolde is a first-generation doctoral student at the University of Florida’s (UF) Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, under the mentorship of Drs. Shelley Heaton and Adam Woods. In 2015 she graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida (UNF) with a B.S. in Psychology, and in 2017 she completed her M.S. in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford.

Furtuna worked as an undergraduate research assistant for three years in Dr. Tracy Alloway’s Working Memory lab, characterizing the relationship of cognitive profiles across various neurodevelopmental groups with respect to working memory skills. She completed her master’s thesis under the mentorship of Dorothy Bishop, DPhil., in the Oxford Study of Children’s Communication Impairments lab (OSCCI). Furtuna’s master’s thesis examined the association of predictive processing skills in theoretically accounting for the heterogenous symptomology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Prior to her enrollment at UF, Furtuna worked as a Registered Behavior Technician at Beacon Pediatric Behavioral Health, gaining experience in delivering one-to-one behavioral intervention (Applied Behavior Analysis) to children with ASD.

Research Focus

Furtuna’s research interests involve the applicability of neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation for assessing and treating cognitive symptoms in clinical pediatric populations. Furtuna also has broader interests in how the intersection of sociocultural and socioeconomic factors affect the diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.


Alloway, T. P., Seed, T., & Tewolde, F. (2016). An investigation of cognitive overlap in working memory profiles in children with developmental disorders. International Journal of Educational Research75, 1–6. Journal Impact Factor: 1.138. Citations: 6

Alloway, T. P., Tewolde, F., Skipper, D., & Hijar, D. (2017). Can you spell dyslexia without SLI? Comparing the cognitive profiles of dyslexia and specific language impairment and their roles in learning. Research in Developmental Disabilities65, 97–102. Journal Impact Factor: 1.820. Citations: 2

Tewolde, F. G., Bishop, D. V. M., & Manning, C. (2017). Visual Motion Prediction and Verbal False Memory Performance in Autistic Children. Autism Research, 509–518. Journal Impact Factor: 3.768. Citations: 0

Professional Membership

Associations of Neuropsychology Students & Trainees (ANST)

Honors and Awards

Frost Scholarship Award, Florida Frost Scholarship Program, University of Oxford (2016-2017)