SAiL Literacy Lab Research Fellows and Staff

Lab Coordinator

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Mary Rasner, MLIS

Mary Rasner is Lab Coordinator of the Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab at MGH Institute of Health Professions under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Hogan. Before joining the MGH Institute, Mary was a librarian and Head of the Reference Department at Melrose Public Library, in Melrose MA.


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Favorite Children's Book:  Miss Nelson is Missing, written by  Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall



Postdoctoral Researchers

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Rouzana Komesidou, PhD

Rouzana Komesidou is a postdoctoral fellow and a project director on a longitudinal study 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, Julie Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP, at the University of Montana, Jessie Ricketts, BSc, MSc, DPhil, at the Royal Holloway, University of London, and Yaacov Petscher, PhD, at Florida State University.

Dr. Komesidou completed her PhD at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the intersections between language and literacy development and using implementation science to improve educational practices.


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Favorite Children's Book: The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson


Doctoral Researchers

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Norma Hancock, MEd, CAS, WDP

Norma Hancock is a PhD student in the MGH Institute interdisciplinary PhD in Rehabilitation Science program. She is a reading specialist, an alumna of the MGH Institute's  Language and Literacy program, and a former public school teacher.

Her research interests are: Early Identification of Dyslexia, ADHD, and DLD;  the impact of comorbidity on treatment outcomes; and, translation research and implementation science.


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Favorite Children's Book: Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier



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Wendy Georgan, BS

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.

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Favorite Children's Book: The Phantom Tollbooth,  written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer


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Jennifer Zuk, EdM

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.

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Favorite Children's Book: The Snowman, written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs