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Lab Team

Directors:

Dr. Yael ArbelYael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Director

Telephone: (617) 974-7363
Email: yarbel@mghihp.edu

 

Dr. Arbel investigates the impaired learning mechanism in children with Developmental Language Disorder, with an emphasis on these children’s ability to learn from corrective feedback. Learn more about Dr. Arbel

Dr. Sofia Vallila Rohter

Sofia Vallila Rohter, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Director

Telephone: (617) 724-3824
Email:  svallilarohter@mghihp.edu

Dr. Vallila Rohter examines how nonlinguistic cognitive systems contribute to success with therapy in aphasia, and investigates factors that contribute to long-term outcomes and outcome predictability in aphasia. Learn more about Dr. Vallila Rohter.

Dr. Lauryn Zipse

Lauryn Zipse, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Director

Telephone: (617) 643 3245
Email:  lzipse@mghihp.edu

Dr. Zipse investigates language and other aspects of cognition in adults with brain injury, with a particular focus on the timing of cognitive processes. Learn more about Dr. Zipse. 

Research Study Coordinator

Calais Larson, BS
Email: cmlarson@mghihp.edu

 

 

Doctoral Students:

Jeanne Gallée , CSD

 

Jeanne Gallée, BA in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

 

 

Jeanne Gallée is pursuing her doctorate at Harvard University in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program (SHBT) while enrolled as a non-degree student in the IHP's Communication Sciences and Disorders program, while completing her coursework for clinical certification in speech-language pathology at the IHP. Her clinical research interests are in the areas of aphasia with a focus on the cognitive factors that may impact treatment outcomes for the affected populations. Her previous research experience includes an independent neuroimaging study of how repeated exposure to particular syntactic structures may lead to changes in neural activity.

Jasmine Urquhart Gillis, MS, CCC-SLP

 

 

Jasmine Urquhart Gillis is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute. Her research interests are in examining the role modality, strategy use, and other cognitive factors play in the implicit learning abilities of preschool and school-aged children diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

 

Megan Schliep, CCC-SLP, MS

 

Megan Schliep, MS, CCC-SLP

 

 

Megan Schliep is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute.   She is interested in examining how language ability and patient-centered measures impact quality of life for individuals with aphasia. Learn more about Megan Schliep.

 

Image file Victoria Tilton-Bowosky, PhD '18 start cohort

 

Victoria Tilton-Bolowsky, MS, CCC-SLP

 

 

Victoria Tilton-Bolowsky is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute. She is interested in understanding how attention, memory, feedback, and awareness affect language recovery in the acute and chronic aphasia populations.

Graduate Students:

Sarah Birdsall, BA

 

 

Sarah Birdsall is a second-year graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a research assistant, collecting and analyzing data for a project aimed at better understanding entrainment ability in adults with aphasia and the impact of conversational versus metrical speech rhythms.

Jocelyn Chokkattu

 

 

Jocelyn is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her clinical and research interests are in developmental and acquired language disorders as they relate to multilingualism and Global Health.

Maria Andrea Cruz, BA Art History

 

 

Maria Andrea Cruz is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a research assistant, collecting and analyzing Electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral data to study the effect of implicit and explicit learning in children with Developmental Language Disorders. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of Aphasia; she is working on her thesis project with a goal of understanding error patterns in people with acute aphasia. She hopes to expand this research with polylingual populations. Maria’s previous research experience includes a national study through the Jules Stein Eye Institute on the effects of macular degeneration. 

Emily Feely, CSD

 

Emily Feeley
Research Assistant

 

Emily Feeley is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in the cognitive and language processing aspects of first and second language acquisition.

Stephanie Gaglini

 

 

Stephanie Gaglini is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is working on her thesis project surrounding the efficacy of a using a telepractice service delivery model to provide speech and language intervention with a goal of elucidating the benefits and challenges of telepractice and determining a need for graduate training in the service delivery method.

Maria Galassi, CSD

 

Maria Galassi, BS 
Research Assistant

 

Maria Galassi is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in Melodic Intonation Therapy, a music-based intervention for individuals with Aphasia. Her previous research experience includes the study of turtle ecology and population dynamics.

Jessica Hopkins, CSD

Jessica Hopkins
Research Assistant

 

 

Jessica is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in the cognitive factors that affect the severity of speech and language impairments in adults with stroke and traumatic brain injury and how to improve outcomes for these patients.

Carly Levine

 

 

Carly Levine is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her clinical and research interests include Aphasia and other acquired communication disorders in adult populations. Her previous research experience involved children and adolescents with autism.

Emmaleigh Loyer, CSD

 

Emmaleigh Loyer
Research Assistant

 

Emmaleigh Loyer is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to starting school at the IHP, she spent three years working in clinical research at Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. When at Northwestern, she contributed to research projects that employed neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to study individuals with Primary Progressive Aphasia. Emmaleigh’s research interests lie in the areas of memory and aphasia.

Zhaoyu Lu

Zhaoyu Lu is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. His previous research experience includes bilingual code-switching, semantic and pragmatic interface and audiology. His current clinical and research interests are in the area of children with ASD. He is working on his thesis project regarding self-monitoring and feedback processing.

Gwen Meredith, CSD

 

Gwendolyn Meredith, BS in Cognitive Science 
Research Assistant

 

Gwendolyn Meredith is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience includes archival library research for the Colored Convention Project and research into visuospatial working memory for the Spatial Cognition Lab at University of Delaware. She is interested in exploring the impact of aphasia and TBI on visuospatial working memory and semantic processing.

Jen Quiros

 

 

Jen Quiros is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in the effects of working memory capacity and executive function on strategic, errorful learning in individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Allison Reid

Allison is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience includes examining music cognition abilities in older adults, and she has also conducted studies that examine the impaired and preserved processes in patients with medial temporal lobe amnesia. She is currently interested in the role of rhythmic processing in melodic intonation therapy for aphasia.

Emily Reuling

 

 

Emily Reuling is a Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student and research assistant. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of child language development and disorders.

Marissa Russell

 

 

Marissa is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience involves studying the role of attention in the perceptual learning of accented speech. Her research interests involve bilingual aphasia and exploring the most effective approaches to language intervention for bilingual individuals. She is currently a research assistant collecting EEG and behavioral data to study typical and impaired feedback processing in learning.

Madeline Smith

 

 

Madeline is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience involves observing the concomitant relationship between facial muscle activity and middle ear muscle contractions using EMG and DPOAE measures. She is a research assistant, collecting and analyzing EEG and behavioral data to study working memory and executive functions in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Nathaniel Somes

 

 

Nate is a graduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. His previous research includes using MRI techniques to study mild TBI and first episode schizophrenia.

Alumni:

James Borders CSD '16
James Borders, MS-SLP '16
 

 

 

Master’s thesis title: A Developmental Examination of Feedback Processing During Declarative Learning (chair of committee: Arbel). Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. 

Brendan Czupryna
Brendan Czupryna, MS-SLP '18

 

 

Master's thesis title: Investigating Attentional Allocation with Eye Tracking During Category Learning in People with Aphasia (chair of committee: Vallila Rohter). 

Sarah Curtis
Sarah Curtis, MS-SLP '17
 

 

 

Master's thesis title: Tap Your Hand if You Feel the Beat: Differential Effects of Tapping in Melodic Intonation Therapy (chair of committee: Zipse).

Diana Dinh
Diana Dinh, MS-SLP '17
 

 

 

Master's thesis title: Implicit and rule-based learning in individuals with aphasia (chair of committee: Vallila Rohter).  Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. 

Lucia Hong, Research Assistant

 

Lucia Hong, MS '16

 

 

Master’s thesis title: Comparing Immediate versus Delayed Feedback Processing in Healthy Adults (chair of committee: Arbel). Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund.

Jennifer Kensworthy, CSD

 

Jessica Kenworthy, MS-SLP '18

 

 

Master's thesis title: Learning Differences in Traumatic Brain Injury: An Electrophysiological Study (chair of committee: Zipse)

Ayelet Kershenbaum, MS '16

Master’s thesis title: Spoken or intoned, Together or Alone: Is Unison Production Advantageous for People with Aphasia? (chair of committee: Zipse). Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund.

Shaz Kim, CSD

 

Shalom (Shaz) Kim,  MS-SLP '18

 

 

Master's thesis title: An Electrophysiological Examination of Feedback-Based Learning With Immediate and Delayed Auditory Feedback (chair of committee: Arbel)

Annette Mitko
Annette Mitko, MS-SLP '17
 

 

 

Master's thesis title: Feedback processing in rule- based and probabilistic category learning in children with Specific Language Impairment (chair of committee: Arbel).  Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. 

Amanda Sitren, MS-SLP '18

Master's thesis title: How Well Do We Use Our Technology?: Examining Ipad Navigation Skills in Individuals With Aphasia and Older Adults (chair of committee: Vallila Rohter).

Undergraduate Summer Interns:

Summer 2018

  • Amiena Mohammed, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, pursuing a B.S in Public Health
  • Angelica Castillo, Boston University, pursuing a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Lily Hitelman, New York University, Music Cognition, Computer Science and German
  • Jared Sullivan, Harvard College, Biomedical Engineering
  • Ashwin Panda, Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie melon, B.S. in Computational Neuroscience, Carnegie melon.
  • Anamika Dutta, College of the Holy Cross, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Statistics
  • Alexa Puleio, Union College, majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience

Summer 2017

  • Dani Marrissa Grant, Bunker Hill Community College
  • Sijju Karki, UMass Boston
  • Ivy M. Mwangi, Williams College

Summer 2016

  • Anderson Gomez Murcia, Boston University
  • Hilary Kee, Pine Manor College
  • Chisom Gloria Nwaoha, Suffolk University

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