Yi Ting Huang
Principal Investigator

Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She got her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on how language learners coordinate linguistic representations during comprehension. For more information, see here.

Alix Kowalski
Ph.D. Student

Alix is a Ph.D. student in the Hearing and Speech Sciences department. Hailing from the Mitten State, she got her undergraduate degree in psychology and linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on how the content of listeners' interpretations change as they hear an unfolding sentence. She explores this question using eye-tracking methods and behavioral tasks. Her other interests include language production and clinical pragmatics. For information regarding Alix’s research click here.

Rachel Adler
Ph.D. Student

Rachel is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program. Rachel earned a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Swarthmore College. Rachel is interested in how listeners rapidly comprehend linguistic input that conveys information beyond what is actually said. In particular, she studies verbal irony and bilingual codeswitching as test cases to investigate the processes and mechanisms listeners use to compute speaker meaning in real time.

Zoe Ovans
Ph.D Student

Zoe is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science and English from Johns Hopkins University. Zoe is interested in the role of cognitive control in online language processing during language acquisition and development.

Kerianna Frederick
M.A. Student

Kerianna graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and is now working toward her masters in speech language pathology. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant for both The Effectiveness of Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering in a Group Setting project and for the Language and Cognition Lab. She is especially interested in both fluency disorders and psycholinguistics.

Nora Leonard
Undergraduate Student

Nora is a senior Hearing and Speech Sciences Major at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the HESP Honors Program with Dr. Huang as her mentor. Nora has been working on child langauge studies in the LCL and is now working on data collection for her HESP honors thesis.

Allison Granados
Undergraduate Student

Allison is a junior majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Human Development. She is a member of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). She hopes to pursue a masters in Speech Pathology after completing her undergraduate degree and eventually work with children in a school environment. She is excited to gain a better perspective in child language development through working with the Language and Cognition Lab.

Brooke Rothman
Undergraduate Student

Brooke is a senior Hearing and Speech Sciences major at the University of Maryland. Throughout her four years, she has been a research assistant in the Aphasia Research Center and the Cognitive Control and Language Processing Lab. However, Brooke has spent her last three summers working at the Communication Therapy Center in Glen Rock, New Jersey working with children with speech disorders and is especially interested in child language development.

Allesondra Sanchez
Undergraduate Student

Allesondra is a junior Hearing and Speech Sciences Major at the University of Maryland with a minor in Secondary Language Education. She dedicates her summers to volunteering in an Extended School Year program while also working closely with a school Speech-Language Pathologist. She is excited to gain hands-on experience and insight from working in the Language and Cognition Lab and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.


Thank you to the following people for your contributions to our research:


Mya Vardi
Natalie Lutz
Emily Kosciulek
Katelyn Lippit
Ashley Lawler
Samantha Moats
Yu-Ting Yu
Melissa Stockbridge
Christine Del Toro
Erin Hollister
Karly Schwarz
Sarah Zsak
Sean Anderson
Erin Leary
Briana Bednarz
Margaret Kahwaty
Natalie Walsh
Sarah Odorisio
Elana Klein
Andie Yoon
Mary Bounds
Yuichi Suzuki
Jessica Pinzon
Allison Lowenberg
Allison Stehle
Addie Mandelbaum
Allison Catalano
Daphna Bemaman
Ana Medina Fetterman
Julia Plants
Tamar Schulman
Delaney Kelly
Katie Leech
Natalie Walsh
Jillian Sikora
Maggie Kinser
Lauren Evans
Ariel Borten
Alison Arnold
Lauren Abadie
Shuana Mulroy
Mackenzie Pretty
Jaira Billups