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


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.

Research Assistants

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. Maria Murljacic is a senior 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. Triana Feliconio is a senior 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. Corinne Myjak is a senior at UConn pursuing a major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has experience in the UConn Child Labs and is particularly interested in language acquisition and pediatric speech and language disorders. She aspires to gain her masters in Speech Language Pathology and work in a clinical or school setting.
Gillian Foley is a senior at UConn pursuing a double major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences & Psychological Sciences. She is interested in child language disorders as well as pediatric dysphagia. She hopes to attend graduate school to receive her masters in Speech-Language Pathology to then become a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who works closely with families and kiddos.  Xinming Zhou is a sophomore at UConn majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Neuroscience. She is still exploring her interests in the wide ranges of disciplines and is looking forward to pursuing a masters/PhD in the future. Matthew Phillips is a sophomore in the UConn Honors Program pursuing a dual-degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences & Linguistics/Psychology. He is currently very involved with the National Stuttering Association where he serves as the Teen Program Co-Coordinator. After undergrad, Matt hopes to obtain a joint masters/PhD in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.  

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 (Lab alums: keep in touch! Let us know where you end up!)

Rachelle Levasseur (former RA): PhD program, Washington University
Allie Romanowski (former RA): SLPA
Elaina Rappaport (former RA): SLP program, University of Connecticut
Orly Berkoff (former RA): MS program, TC Columbia University
Kathrin Rothermich (Postdoc): Faculty member, East Carolina University Alyssa Finuoli (former RA): Graduate program, SUNY New Paltz
Xin Xie (PhD, 15):  Postdoc, University of Rochester Rachel Plant (former RA): SLP program, Southern Connecticut State University
Jennifer Mozeiko (PhD, 14): Faculty member, University of Connecticut Madison Perriolat (former RA): SLP program, University of Connecticut
Illiana Meza-Gonzales (MA, 16):  Job in the real world! Divya Ganugapati (former RA): MD program, University of Connecticut
Alexis Johns (PhD, 16): Postdoc, Brandeis Ana Hernandez (former RA): full-time RA
F. Sayako Earle (PhD, 16): Faculty member, University of Delaware Erin Kirchner (former RA): Personal care assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Stephanie N. Del Tufo (PhD, 16): Faculty, University of Delaware  
Julia Drouin (’14 honors advisee): PhD program, University of Connecticut  
Brittany Ciullo (’14 honors advisee)    
Kristen Swan Tummeltschammer (former RA): Postdoc, Brown University  
Laura Mesite (former RA): PhD Program, Harvard  
Karen Aicher (former lab manager): Faculty member, Bridgewater State