Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Emily Myers

Emily Myers (PI), Assistant Professor

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Department of Cognitive Science

Dr. Myers is interested in the processes that allow a listener to map the speech signal to meaning, how these processes are instantiated in the brain, and how these processes break down in cases of language disorder. Dr. Myers received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 2005.

Current CV.  See Current Research page for downloads/pdfs.

Office: Phillips Communication Sciences Building 216

Contact: emily.myers@uconn.edu

Lab Members

Pam Fuhrmeister is a Ph.D. student in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and an NSF NRT and IGERT fellow. Her research focuses on the cognitive, neural, and memory consolidation processes that underlie the learning of difficult non-native speech sounds. She is also interested in how learners generalize their knowledge of newly acquired speech sounds to novel contexts (e.g., unfamiliar talkers or phonological contexts), as well as individual differences in speech sound learning and speech perception more generally.
Sahil Luthra is a Ph.D. student in Psychology and an NSF GFRP and IGERT fellow. His primary interests are in how we represent sounds and words and the factors (e.g., experience with a particular talker, contextual knowledge) that affect our access to these mental representations. He is particularly interested in how multiple representations cooperate and compete with each other over the course of recognizing/producing a word and in how these changes are instantiated neurally in the brain.
David Saltzman is a Ph.D. student in Psychology. His primary research interests lays in the representation and implementation of the fine-grained acoustic cues contained in the speech signal, and their corresponding neurobiology. More specifically, he is interested in how listeners aggregate each individual experience with a speech sound to form robust speech sound categories. David received his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University in 2016, where he investigated the role of the amplitude-envelope of speech in speaking rate compensation.
Chris Heffner is a postdoc in the LAB lab.  He received his PhD in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017.  His research focuses on speech perception, in particular how listeners learn new sound categories (phonetic learning) and how they adjust the categories of their native language (phonetic adaptation).  In the LAB Lab, he will investigate the connections between these two abilities using a variety of behavioral tasks and structural MRI methods.
  Hannah Mechtenberg is the lab manager in the LAB lab.  She received her BS in Neuroscience from Colorado State University in 2017, where she worked to understand the role the basal ganglia play in visual category learning.  Her current research interests are focused on the frontal lobe and its function in speech perception, specifically in how the inferior frontal gyrus helps to resolve phonetic competition during accented and conversational speech.

Undergraduate Students

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Brianna Schlemmer is an SLP student at UConn. She is currently a research assistant for several graduate students working on projects focusing on the role of memory consolidation in perceptual learning and language acquisition. Her future career goal is to be a Speech Language Pathologist in a school or clinic setting. Divya Ganugapati is a senior at UConn majoring in Cognitive Science and Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences. She is interested in speech perception and recognition, but is still exploring her interests. Her future career goal is to be a speech-pathologist in a hospital setting. Riyaben Sheth is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychological Sciences.  She is interested in non-native and second language speech sound acquisition. In the future she hopes to become a Physician Assistant for the underserved community. Erin Kirchner is a junior at UConn majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology. She is interested in learning more about communication disorders and language acquisition. In the future, she hopes to get a degree in nursing and work in a hospital setting.

 

Madison Perriolat is a senior at UConn majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She is interested in getting exposure to many different areas in the field. In the future, she hopes to work with children in a school or clinical setting and has an interest in working with those who have disabilities.
Rachel Plant is a senior at UConn majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She is interested in the SLP side of SLHS with a broad interest in all of the different aspects of speech and language communication and disorders. In the future, she hopes to attain a masters and work with children in either a hospital or elementary school setting.
Alyssa Finuoli is a senior at UConn majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and minoring in Cognitive Science. She is especially interested in Neurogenic Communication Disorders, but also wants to become more informed about other aspects within the field. In the future, she hopes to be a Speech- Language Pathologist in a hospital setting.
Orly Berkoff is a senior at UConn majoring in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and Psychological Sciences. She is interested in child language and motor speech disorders as well as the effects of bilingualism on speech acquisition. Her future career goal is to become a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

   

 

 

Maria Murljacic is a junior at UConn pursuing a dual-degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and in Music with a minor in Business Fundamentals in the Honors program.  She is interested in the intersection of singing and speech pathology, as well as the affect of being a bilingual child on speech development. Allie Romanowski is a senior at UConn majoring in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and minoring in Psychology. She is interested in swallowing disorders and the brain, and ultimately wants to work as an SLP, though she is still exploring the field. She hopes to work in a hospital or school setting to help both children as well as adults/elderly. Pavitra Makarla is a sophomore at UConn majoring in Cognitive Science. She is interested in neurodegenerative diseases, and communication disorders in particular. Her future career goal is to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience or Clinical Neuropsychology and work in a hospital setting. Triana Feliconio is a junior at UConn majoring in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and minoring in mathematics. She is particularly interested in communication disorders in special needs children as well as speech disorders in TBI patients. After getting her masters, Triana hopes to become a Speech Language Pathologist in a hospital and eventually own a private practice.

Lab Affiliates

Dr. James Magnuson, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Mozeiko, Ph.D. 
Dr. Carl A. Coelho, Ph.D. 
Dr. Erika Skoe, Ph.D.

Lab Alumni

Rachelle Levasseur (former RA), PhD program, Washington University
Elaina Rappaport (former RA), SLP program, University of Connecticut
Kathrin Rothermich (Postdoc) Faculty member, East Carolina University
Xin Xie (PhD, 15)  Postdoc, University of Rochester
Jennifer Mozeiko (PhD, 14): Faculty member, University of Connecticut
Illiana Meza-Gonzales (MA, 16)  Job in the real world!
Alexis Johns (PhD, 16), Postdoc, Brandeis
F. Sayako Earle (PhD, 16): Faculty member, University of Delaware
Stephanie N. Del Tufo (PhD, 16) : Postdoc, Vanderbilt
Julia Drouin (’14 honors advisee)   
Brittany Ciullo (’14 honors advisee)  
Kristen Swan Tummeltschammer (former RA), PhD program, Birkbeck College 
Laura Mesite (former RA), PhD Program, Harvard
Karen Aicher