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.

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.

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.

Allesondra Sanchez
M.A. Student

Allesondra is a graduate student pursuing a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for her undergraduate degree as well and worked in the Language and Cognition lab for 3 semesters. She is currently the Lab Coordinator for the LCL. Allesondra has TA'd for Dr. Huang's HESP400 class and worked in the LEAP preschool program for 2 semsesters.

Josie Black
Undergraduate Student

Josie is an undergraduate senior at the University of Maryland. She is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Language and Cognition Lab. After spending summers as a camp counselor, she developed a passion for children and a fascination with how they acquire and process language. Upon completion at UMD, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue speech language pathology.

Michael Fein
Undergraduate Student

Michael is an undergraduate senior at the University of Maryland. He has found his interest in developmental speech and swallowing disorders as a Behavioral Analyst at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. He plans to become a speech-language pathologist and work with children in a hospital or school.

Danait Mehari
Undergraduate Student

Danait is an undergraduate senior at the University of Maryland. She has always had a passion for working with kids and an interest in cognition. Danait has worked in the LEAP preschool program and is currently a SIGNA Peer Coach. Upon graduation, she hopes to attain her masters degree in speech language pathology and work with kids.

Alexandra Peller
Undergraduate Student

Alex is a junior and a Hearing and Speech Sciences major. She works in the summers at a daycare and a speech therapy clinic. She is very passionate about working with kids of all ages. She loves playing sports, specifically soccer and keeping active. She is excited to pursue speech language pathology in graduate school.

Alexandra Heyl
Undergraduate Student

Allie is an undergraduate junior and is majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences and minoring in Human Development. She is excited to be a part of the Language and Cognition Lab and work with children to better understand their language processing. She completed an externship with a speech language pathologist at Speech Tree Therapy and wants to learn more about oral placement theory. After graduating at UMD, she plans on attending graduate school for speech language pathology.


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
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
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
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