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.

Jonet Artis
Postdoctoral 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. She previously was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University. Her research focuses on the early language development of autistic children and children with other developmental disorders.

Kathleen Oppenheimer
Ph.D. Student

Kathleen Oppenheimer received her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University and her BA in Linguistics and Chinese from Harvard College. She previously worked as a speech-language pathologist in a children’s hospital and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland at College Park under the guidance of Dr. Yi Ting Huang and Dr. Jan Edwards. Kathleen’s research interests include language and literacy development in children with typical and atypical development. She is also interested in the diagnosis and treatment of language disorders in children who speak non-mainstream dialects of English.

Arynn Byrd
Ph.D. Student

Arynn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Program at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD-CP). Her research interests include African American English, sentence processing, and the educational outcomes of students who speak non-mainstream dialects. Arynn currently serves as an ASHA S.T.E.P mentor and the Early Career Professional on the ASHA Government and Public Policy Board. She has published in the Journal of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Sophie Domanski
Ph.D. Student

Sophie Domanski is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She earned her BA in Cognitive Science and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University. Sophie is interested in the relationship between language and other cognitive processes, such as attention and working memory, and how these processes vary across individuals.

Megan Kanaby
Lab Manager

Megan is the Lab Manager of the Language and Cognition Lab. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2023 with majors in Cognitive and Behavioral Science and Sociology. She is interested in the ways in which language impacts the developmental process, particularly identity development. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys golfing, reading, discovering new music, and spending time with family and friends.

Eden Brown
Undergraduate Student

Eden is an undergraduate senior in the neuroscience major. She plans to pursue a career in developmental neuroscience or speech pathology. In her free time, she takes gymnastics classes with UMD Gymkana and creates art and drawings.

Isabella Cropper
Undergraduate Student

Isabella is an undergraduate junior at the University of Maryland majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Italian. After graduation she plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology. Outside of the lab she tutors for The Every Child Project and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

James Harvey
Undergraduate Student

James is a junior undergraduate student pursuing a Hearing and Speech Sciences major with a Philosophy minor. He is interested in becoming a Speech Language Pathologist primarily working with children. Outside of the lab, he is also Secretary of the Cultural Leadership Initiative Student Organization and a barista.

Emma Jenkins
Undergraduate Student

Emma is an undergraduate junior at the University of Maryland with a major in Psychology and a minor in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She is planning on pursuing a Doctorate of Audiology after graduation. In her free time, she loves to hike, play guitar, find new coffee shops, and serve the community.

Mackenzie Jones
Undergraduate Student

Mackenzie is an undergraduate senior at the University of Maryland majoring in Hearing and Speech Science. Post graduation she hopes to continue her education and become a Speech Language Pathologist. She has particular clinical interest in aural rehabilitation, neurodivergence, and psycholinguistics. On campus, she is a part of the NSSLHA and CLISO executive boards. During her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and exploring.

Stephanie Kologrivov
Undergraduate Student

Stephanie is an undergraduate junior studying Hearing and Speech Sciences and History at the University of Maryland. She plans to go to graduate school for Speech Language Pathology to pursue a career with children in a hospital or school setting. On campus, she is a tutor with Maryland Mentor Corps and a member of TRIOTA.

Elinor Lugassy
Undergraduate Student

Elinor is currently a senior majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She is interested in becoming a Speech Language Pathologist and working with children, and after graduation she plans on going to graduate school for Speech Language Pathology. Outside of school, she loves to spend time with family and friends, go to the beach, and travel. She is also a member of the sorority Sigma Delta Tau.

Ketsia Mandjila
Undergraduate Student

Ketsia is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Upon completing her bachelor's degree, she aspires to attend graduate school and embark on a career in Speech Language Pathology. Outside of her academic pursuits, Ketsia is an avid reader of fiction novels, enjoys listening to music (especially Beyoncé), and also loves spending time with her friends and family. On campus, she is a member of the Black Student Union and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

Sophia Marchionini
Undergraduate Student

Sophia is an undergraduate junior majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences. After graduate school, she plans to work in public schools as a Speech Pathologist. Sophia enjoys coaching her summer swim team, doing puzzles, and performing with the Gymkana Troupe.

Morgan Platnick
Undergraduate Student

Morgan is an undergraduate sophomore studying Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland. She plans to pursue a Doctorate in Audiology working with a primarily pediatric population. Other than her focus in the lab, Morgan is on the executive board of the American Sign Language Club and a part of the Public Leadership Scholars program.

Archana Sathiyamoorthy
Undergraduate Student

Archana is an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Maryland, double-majoring in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice. She plans to attend grad school and pursue a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Outside of classes, she is a staff writer for UMD's The Observer and a dance instructor, and enjoys watching TV, singing, and cooking!

Lydia Yom
Undergraduate Student

Lydia Yom is an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Maryland. She is majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences and minoring in Human Development Studies, with plans to attend graduate school and become a Speech Language Pathologist. She enjoys spending time with her family and dog.

Evan Zheng
Undergraduate Student

Evan is an undergraduate senior majoring in Public Health Science and is on the pre-med track. After graduating, he plans on attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician. On campus, he is a member of SEIPH and in his free time, he likes to sketch, read, and watch TV.

Lisa Zhuang
Undergraduate Student

Lisa is an undergraduate junior majoring in General Biology, on the pre-med track. After graduating from UMD, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician. On campus she is a team leader for Maryland Mentor Corps and a part of the Life Sciences Scholars program. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, going on long walks, and getting boba.

Temiloluwa Kumapayi
High School Intern

Temi, formally Temiloluwa, is a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in the Science & Technology Program. She aspires to become a physician assistant in the field of pediatrics, hoping to make an impact in children's lives as many clinicians and adults have in hers. She loves to read and binge watch many shows and movies with her siblings and is always open to learning new things.


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


Nora Leonard
Brooke Rothman
Mya Vardi
Natalie Lutz
Emily Kosciulek
Katelyn Lippit
Ashley Lawler
Samantha Moats
Yu-Ting Yu
Melissa Stockbridge
Christine Del Toro
Erin Hollister
Karly Schwarz
Rebekah Yang
Allesondra Sanchez
Danait Mehari
Alexandra Heyl
Kara Schmidt
Sarah Gagné
Jessica Orozco Contreras
Felicity Vasek
Zoe Ovans
Hannah Shapiro
Emily Berman
Sarah Zsak
Sean Anderson
Erin Leary
Briana Bednarz
Margaret Kahwaty
Natalie Walsh
Sarah Odorisio
Elana Klein
Andie Yoon
Mary Bounds
Yuichi Suzuki
Kerianna Frederick
Mollie Greenwald
Jenna Nelson
Josie Black
Juliana Camponeschi
Sarah Kim
Emily Thomas
Jessica Lee
Samantha Scoli
Lucy Young
Nyomi Fox
Valerie Hsieh
Emily DeLuca
Jessica Pinzon
Allison Lowenberg
Allison Stehle
Addie Mandelbaum
Allison Catalano
Daphna Bemaman
Ana Medina Fetterman
Julia Plants
Tamar Schulman
Delaney Kelly
Katie Leech
Allison Granados
Lara Ehrenhofer
Julie Gerard
Michael Fein
Alexandra Peller
Chidinma Ogbonna
Crystal Griffith
Maddie Lenhart
Chelsey Smithwick
Aliya Yafarova
Ashleigh Nelson
Rhosean Asmah
Yuri Kim
Natalie Walsh
Jillian Sikora
Maggie Kinser
Lauren Evans
Ariel Borten
Alison Arnold
Lauren Abadie
Shuana Mulroy
Mackenzie Pretty
Jaira Billups
Alix Kowalski
Rachel Adler
Isabel Martin
Manaar Zuhurudeen
Gammon Gresham
Razan Ahmed
Abby Rosler
Emma Abid
Chloë Miller
Daniella Teixeira
Leslie Puma
Rochelle Nelson
Ally Mack