People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Rochelle Newman

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

Research Staff

Katie Nguyen

Lab Manager

Katie received her Bachelors of Science and Arts degree in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2023. She is primarily interested in the relationship between bilingual and racial/ethnic identity development in immigrant children and adults. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in social or developmental psychology.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Jonet Artis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jonet Artis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the early language development of autistic children and children with other developmental disorders.

Graduate Students

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 obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology in the fall of 2023. Her primary research interests focus on language and literacy development, specifically the relationship between the development of language processing and reading acquisition. She was 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.

Mine Muezzinoglu

Ph.D. Student

Mine obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and French from Vanderbilt University in May 2020. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program working with Drs. Rochelle Newman and Bob Slevc. Her research interests focus on language processing and acquisition, and she is particularly interested in the relationship between language development and music cognition.

Kristin Hoch

Ph.D. Student

Kristin obtained her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, followed by a post-bachelors research internship in computational climate science at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program. Her research interests include phonetic learning and cognitive representations of language.

Undergraduate Students
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Megan Baranowsky

Class of 2025

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Abigail Poulton

Class of 2024

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Yvette McQueen Sanchez

Class of 2025

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Raeann Carpenter

Class of 2024

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Sasha Sweat

Class of 2024

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Catie Valentino

Class of 2026

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Kareena Kumar

Class of 2026

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Amanda Shapiro

Class of 2024

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Jacqueline Miller

Class of 2026

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Morgan Stolker

Class of 2026

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Shevi Lerner

Class of 2026

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Nithya Doodi

Class of 2025

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Tate Yuen

Class of 2024

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Hannah Eisenfeld

Class of 2026

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Tanvi Bolarum

Class of 2026

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Lauren Staiger

Class of 2027

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Sophia Becraft

High School Intern

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.

Collaborators at the University of Maryland
Collaborators at other Institutions
Alumni
  • 2023: Japneet Singh, Hannah Burchard, Annie Harris, Kendall Auffarth, Milana Klopouh, Margaret Cychosz, Rachel Horan, Sneha Abraham, Jia-Rong Tsao, Emily Trujillo, Fiona Cole
  • 2022: Emily Shroads, Farheen Ahmed, Sam Bashiri, Ivy Huang, Meghan Nichols, Nada Babaa, Veeda Baradar, Madison Buntrock, Laura Grant, Jillian Weinman, Samara Yalisove, Olivia Accomando, Aeshah Tawfik, Mariam Aslam, Grace McCormick
  • 2021: Karen Mulak, Amanda Giordano, Micheala Ehm, Ellie Koroulakis, Kaliyah Gowing, Kavya Ganesan
  • 2020: Brittany Jaekel, Amritha Mallikarjun, Emma Peterson, Sarah Cavanaugh, Christina Tyner, Jennifer Lee, Chris Taho, Shrujana Kunnam, Kayla Whitlock, Rhea Bhunia
  • 2019: Katie Von Holzen, Rebecca Wolf, Tiara Booth, Kelly Puyear, Daniella Otarola, Ashley Jahed, Rachel Egan, Andrew Morris, Melanie Danso, Jason Wright, Nathan Boyle, Lian Wang, Nicolette Contella, Leila Hagopian, Eva Johnson, Rachel Kirkpatrick
  • 2018: Melissa Stockbridge, Kelly Cavanaugh, Lauren Steedman, Lydia Sonenklar, Katherine Lee, Samantha Wilkins, Ferddy Gedeon, Tilly Cornblatt, Matthew Tiberino, 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