People

Group Picture, Spring 2018
Principal Investigator

Dr. Rochelle Newman

Chair, Dept. of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Associate Director, Maryland Language Science Center

Research Staff

Emily Shroads

Lab Manager

Emily obtained a B.A. in Linguistics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Duke University in May 2015. While at Duke, she worked as a research assistant in the Wilbourn Infant Lab (WILD), where she became interested in infants’ word learning and how it is affected by characteristics of the speech they hear. In the future, she plans to apply to graduate school and continue to study language development.

Rebecca Wolf

Research Assistant

Rebecca obtained her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in May 2018. She worked in the Language Development Lab as an undergraduate and she is excited to continue learning more about infant language development and dog language perception.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Katie Von Holzen [website]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Katie received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 2009. She received her doctoral degree in Psychology at the Georg-August-Universität-Göttingen, Germany in 2013 while working in the Free Floater Language Acquisition Research Group. Her dissertation focused on how bilingual adults and toddlers activate words from both of their languages during lexical processing. After completing her doctoral degree, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception at the Université Paris Descartes, France, While working in their BabyLab from 2014 to 2017, she investigated how infants process consonants and vowels during word learning and recognition. In November 2017, Katie joined the Language Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where she will examine how infants, toddlers, and adults begin to learn a foreign language at first exposure.

Karen Mulak [Google Scholar]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Karen received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 2006. In 2012, she received her Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics from The MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney under Prof. Cathi Best. Her thesis, "Development of phonologically specified word forms," looked at infants' developing ability to understand accented speech. In 2015, Karen was appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Language Learning and Processing for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. There, she worked with Assoc. Prof. Paola Escudero to investigate how exposure to two or more languages or accents affects word learning and the perception of speech sounds, and how monolinguals perceive speech sounds and learn and recognize words in accents and languages other than their own. Karen joined the Language Development Laboratory in January, 2018 as a Postdoctoral Associate, where her interest in understanding the processes behind real-world language processing extends to examining how noisy environments affect children's ability to learn and recognize words.

Graduate Students

Amritha Mallikarjun

Ph.D. Student

Amritha obtained a B.S. in Cognitive Science with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the lab in the fall of 2014. Her current interests revolve around the way bilinguals and second language learners learn words and process speech in noise. She is additionally interested in dogs' representations of words and what that can tell us about infant word learning.

Brittany Jaekel

Ph.D. Student

Brittany obtained her B.A. in psychology and creative writing from Northwestern University in 2011, and her M.S. in communication disorders from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, where she completed a thesis in the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab. She joined Dr. Newman's lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2014 with research interests in hearing and speech perception.

Christina Blomquist

Ph.D. Student

Christina obtained her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science with an additional major in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She is now pursuing a Master’s and Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology. Her primary research interests focus on language and literacy development, specifically the relationship between the development of language processing and reading acquisition. She is co-advised by Dr. Jan Edwards.

Erika Exton

Ph.D. Student

Erika obtained a B.A. in Linguistics and B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University in May 2018 and joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in Hearing and Speech Sciences that fall. Erika's research interests include language processing and bilingualism, as well as the ways these concepts are related to language perception. Her research background used neurophysiological measures in adults, so she is excited to enter a new line of research.

Madison Buntrock

Ph.D. Student

Madison obtained her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University in 2018, where she completed a thesis in the Spoken Language Processing Lab. She joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2018 with research interests in hearing and speech perception.

Tiara Booth

Master's Student

Tiara obtained her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in May 2017. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After completing an honors thesis in the lab as an undergraduate, she is looking forward to expanding her role in the lab as a graduate student. Her research interests include child language acquisition, speech perception in noise, and autism.

Kelly Puyear

Master's Student

Kelly obtained her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in May 2017, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She worked in the Language Development Lab as an undergraduate, and is excited to be staying as a Master’s student. Her primary research interests include speech perception in noise and bilingualism.

Undergraduate Students
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Daniella Otarola

Class of 2019

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Amanda Giordano

Class of 2019

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Nada Babaa

Class of 2018

Ashley Jahed

Class of 2019

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Rachel Egan

Class of 2019

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Michaela Ehm

Class of 2021

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Sarah Cavanaugh

Class of 2020

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Andrew Morris

Class of 2019

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Melanie Danso

High school intern

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Leila Hagopian

Class of 2021

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Emma Peterson

Class of 2020

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Jason Wright

Class of 2021

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Nicolette Contella

Class of 2021

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Rachel Kirkpatrick

Class of 2021

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Laura Grant

Class of 2022

Several of the lab's undergraduate students are pursuing independent research projects! These projects include whether the presence of visual cues when listening to speech affects later recall, and monolingual and bilingual adults' perception of unfamiliar dialects of English.

Other Research Staff
Collaborators at the University of Maryland
Collaborators at other Instituitions
Alumni
  • 2018: Melissa Stockbridge, Kelly Cavanaugh, Lauren Steedman, Lydia Sonenklar, Katherine Lee, Samantha Wilkins, Ferddy Gedeon, Tilly Cornblatt, Matthew Tiberino, Veeda Baradar, Nada Babaa, Katelyn Fulmore
  • 2017: Chris Heffner, Lucy Erickson, Caroline Kettl, Catie Penny, Aliza Layman, Erica Younkin, Naomi Silverman, Chandler Littleton, Sophie Darwin, Jenna Trupp, Goodness Nwaneri, Sibga Sufian, Rebecca Eisen, Ali Bernstein, Daniella Sassieni
  • 2016: Alyssa Ambielli, Jackie Berges, Hallie Saffeir, Keren Rosario, Ashley Thomas, Carly Pontell, Greer Kauffman, Gabrielle Giangrasso, Laura Goudreau
  • 2015: Chantal Hoff, Kimmie Wilson, Allison Urbanus, Catherine Wilson, Arielle Abrams, Brandon Darr, Anna Stone, Jaya Chinnaya, Sydney Smith, Abby Goron, Ariella Bloomfield
  • 2014: Giovanna Morini, Krista Voelmle, Taryn Bipat, Emily Slonecker, Penina Kozlovsky, Lyana Frantz, Nicole Tobin, Seth Dellinger, Katherine Gagan, Rachel Childress, Sarah Aylor, Natalie Walters, Mariah Pranger, Devin Heit, Jessica Nwaogbe, Katerina Sanders, Hannah Lebovics, Kourosh Kalachi, Andrea Picciotto, Rami Yanes, Asim Shafique, Ariya Mobaraki, Laura Miller, Rebecca Sherman
  • 2013: Faraz Ahsan, Mikayla Abrams, Devon Brunson, Andrea Fisher, Nikki Friedman, Samantha Portuondo, Veronica Son, Sarah Thibeau, Jenna Tribull, Oyinkansola Adedipe, Julian Vesnovsky, Rachel Lieberman, Jamie Jarmon, Catherine Wu
  • 2012: Jaclyn Albalah, Katie Shniderman, TeHsin Wu, Alyssa Cook, Mina Javid, Chelsea Vogel, Megan Janssen, Rachel Rhodes, Amanda Pasquarella, Amelie Bail, Sean Hendricks, Jennifer Coon, Allie Rodriguez, Justine Dombroski, Vidda Moussavi, Catherine Bender, Sara Dougherty, Arielle Gandee, Stephanie Lee, Perri Lieberman, Whitney Goodrich-Smith
  • 2011: Lisa Tuit, Sabrina Panza, Amanda Jensen, Esther Kim, Kelly McPherson, Katrina Ablorh, Elise Perkins, Sara Edelberg, Courtenay O'Connor, Laura Horowitz, Lauren Fischer
  • 2010: Mara Steinberg, Judy Segal, Megan Askew, Amanda Wildman, Candace Ali, Cavena Williams, Donna Zack-Williams, Daniel Eisenberg, Allison Temple, Eillen McLoughlin
  • 2009: Sara Michael, Audry Singh, Maria Rodriguez, Eugene Vassilas, Andrea Farina, Lauren Polovoy, Richard Garcia, Dena Tran, Justine Taweel, Rachel Ports, Erica Levinson, Jodi Klempner, Chelsea Healy, Jessica Pressel, Saher Ali
  • 2008: Sarah Haszko, Kathleen Calaro, Molly Rudesill, Veronica Sheets, Megan Reilly, Lauren Eisenberg, Melissa Ganginis, Emily Callanan, Leah Eiserike, Sofia Vallila, Alex Roemer, Rachel Weitzner, Shannon Auxier
  • 2007: Hannah Couch, Stephanie Weinberg, Patricia Yudd, Shannon Rice, Jillian Parry, Liz Abramson, Casey DiBiccari, Robin Weber, Sarah Bell, Sally Grapin
  • 2006: Sarah Thompson, Ashley Orkin, Michlle McEntee, Grace Ji, Kristin Crawford, Stephanie Souder, Shoshanna Dickler, Robyn Amendola, Arielle Laurie
  • 2005: Lisa Loder, Akiko Elders, Abimbola Odukova, Amanda McAdoo, Kate Shapiro, Nicole Craver, Jessica Pecora, Heather McIntosh, Hannah Kim, Annie Ferrugiaro, Emilie Clingerman, Amy Robbins, Lacey Kahner, Cheryl Tarbous, Jenni Zobler, Emily Singer
  • 2004 and earlier at Maryland: Suji Uhm, Jenn Alexander, Hayley Derris, Krista Jo Heinlen, Maria Hernandez, Toni Rodriguez, Lauren Simpson, Donnia Zack-Williams, Nina Azhdam, Lisa Booher, Marianne Christodolou, Lauren Francis-Jackson, Christine Beagle, Eva Derecskei, Becky Karmon, Jessica Lisogorsky, Keren Malaky, Ryan Hurm, Katya Rozanova, James Liu, Iyelli Ichille, Jairus-Joaquin Matthews, Michaela Knebel, Robin Nicoletti, Mike Gordon