Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab: Lab Team
The Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab Team
Rouzana Komesidou, PhD
Maura Curran, PhD
Crystle Alonzo, PhD '18, CCC-SLP, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Lauren Baron, PhD '18, CCC-SLP, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of South Carolina
Katy Cabbage, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
Jenya Iuzzini-Seigel, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor at Marquette University
Jennifer Zuk, EdM
Mary Rasner is Lab Manager 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.
Favorite Children's Book: Miss Nelson is Missing, written by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall
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.
Favorite Children's Book: The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson
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.
Favorite Children's Book: Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
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, written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer