SAiL Literacy Lab Research Fellows
Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Rouzana Komesidou is a postdoctoral fellow and a project director on one of the largest longitudinal studies funded by the NIH on children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Dyslexia, a collaboration between Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP, at the SAiL Literacy Lab at the MGH Institute, Suzanne Adlof, PhD, at the University of South Carolina, Julie Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP, at the University of Montana, and Jessie Ricketts, BSc, MSc, DPhil, at the Royal Holloway, University of London.
Favorite Children's Book: The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
Doctoral Research Fellows
Wendy Georgan is a PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) program at Harvard University. She is concurrently completing coursework at MGH Institute of Health Professions to receive clinical certification as a speech-language pathologist. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Wendy received a bachelor’s degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her undergraduate research focused on investigating developmental dyslexia using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques.
Favorite Children's Book: The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster.
Jennifer Zuk is a PhD candidate in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology at Harvard University, and clinical trainee in speech-language pathology at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Jennifer received dual degrees in Music Education and Cognitive Science from Case Western Reserve University, and her EdM. in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jennifer's research investigates the perceptual and neural mechanisms underlying deficits in communication disorders, and the potential role of music in facilitating speech and language development. In the SAiL lab, Jennifer examines these relationships in children with speech and language disorders, as well as children with and without musical training. She has received funding from the NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship under the collaborative mentorship of Nadine Gaab, Tiffany Hogan, and John Gabrieli, as well as the ASHF New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship.
Favorite Children's Book: The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs