Jessica Phillips Silver

Jessica Phillips-Silver, PhD, is a researcher in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center and served as adjunct professor in the Faculty of Music, where she developed Georgetown's first course on Music and the Brain. Jessica is also the founder of the company Growing Brains®: A brain-based approach to raising children and communities.

Jessica earned a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in Cognitive Psychology and Music from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in auditory development and music perception at McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind in Ontario, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the International Laboratory of Brain, Music and Sound in Montreal.

Jessica's original research examines how 'feeling the beat' in music is a multisensory experience from infancy through adulthood, and she documented the first case of the musical disorder 'beat deafness'. She currently studies the musical processing and cortical plasticity in blindness, and the development of musical rhythm and executive functions in Deaf and hearing children with her colleague Mayte Daza. Jessica’s work has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, the Atlantic, NPR and The Discovery Channel, and in popular books including The Body has a Mind of Its Own, and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain.