Jillian Boland is a 3rd year Au.D. graduate student. She is interested in pediatric audiology and the effects of hearing loss on language development. She is currently working on a research project focusing on the lexical and phonological development of children with hearing loss.
Kiana Ferdowsiepour is a 3rd-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and aims to attend medical school in the future. She is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant on an experiment involving motor control for speech production and analyzes movement data collected with Electromagnetic Articulography.
Kylie Fernandez is a 2nd year undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Educational Studies and Deaf and Hearing Sciences. She is currently working on submitting and publishing a literature review that analyzes the effects of socioeconomic status and parental knowledge on parental language input. Kylie is also interested in the way Autism Spectrum Disorder affects language development in children.
Lauren Petrides is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disabilities in Society. She is currently working as a research assistant on a project focusing on language processing and phonemic awareness in children. Lauren is particularly interested in language acquisition and hopes to one day work with children as an SLP.
Heather Starr is a 2nd year Au.D. graduate student. She is interested in pediatric audiology and the long-term effects of early hearing loss. She is currently working on a research project investigating the effects of otitis media on auditory processing in children.
Past Lab Members
Kayleigh Burge is a third-year undergraduate Biology and Linguistics double major with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is working as a research assistant on a project analyzing articulation data collected via electromagnetic articulography. Kayleigh is also interested in language development and the neural basis of language.
Tammy Le is a 3rd year Au.D. graduate student. She is interested in speech and language development in children with hearing loss. She is currently working on her research project focusing on the lexical and phonological development of children with hearing loss.
Kendall Massey is an undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders major with a minor in Disability Science. She is primarily interested in working with the pediatric population as an SLP and is also interested in studying voice perception.
Brian Nguyen is a 4th-year undergraduate student studying biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. He is interested and currently working on a device that may improve audio recognition utilizing low-frequency signals.
Priscilla O’Hara is an undergraduate student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in language acquisition and the impact of demographics on speech development. She is currently working in the Speech Development Lab on the development of language processing strategies in children.
Kara Payne is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the communication sciences and disorders program. While in the lab, she works on analyzing speech movement data which looks at the onset of jaw lowering and when the tongue begins rising. This data will provide insight regarding motor coordination. She is interested in infant swallowing and early-intervention speech therapy.
Lauren Pearson is an undergraduate student majoring in Education Sciences with a specialization in Disabilities in Society and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Lauren hopes to be a speech language pathologist in the future and is interested in language development involving hard of hearing/ deaf kids and kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Kayla Tellez received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2021. She is currently working towards earning an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology to fulfill her dream of becoming an SLP and working with young children. Her main research interests include children’s language acquisition, children’s learning, and the role of cognitive development in relation to speech perception and production.