Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab: Lab Team
The Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab Team
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
Maura Curran is a postdoctoral fellow at the SAiL Literacy Lab at the MGH Institute. Dr. Curran earned her BS in Communicative Disorders and MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.
Xue Bao is a PhD student the Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab at MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP) under the mentorship of Dr. Tiffany Hogan. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Xue received a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH IHP. Xue also runs a language blog focusing on public awareness of language impairment in China. Her research interests are: early identification of DLD, language screening and assessment, bilingualism, and dyslexia.
Favorite Children's Book: What Do People Do All Day? written and illustrated by Richard Scarry
Melissa Feller, MS, CCC-SLP
Melissa is a PhD student in the MGH Institute’s PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program. She is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with extensive clinical experience in public school and private interdisciplinary practice settings. She has a passion for teacher training and supporting parents in navigating the IEP process. Most recently, Melissa worked as a curriculum specialist for a blended learning literacy program (LexiaⓇ PowerUp LiteracyⓇ). She also previously served as a clinical instructor and director of the Literacy and Language Certificate of Advanced Study program at the Institute. Melissa’s research interests include oral/written language relationships, implementation science, and the role of risk and resilience in learning.
Favorite Children's Book: Giraffes Can’t Dance, written by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Tim DeLuca, MS, CCC-SLP
Tim DeLuca is a PhD student in the MGH Institute of Health Professions interdisciplinary PhD in Rehabilitation Science program. He practices clinically as both a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist. His research interests include oral and written language assessment and intervention, interprofessional collaboration, and implementation science.
Favorite Children's Book: The Bad Seed written by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald
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.
Favorite Children's Book: The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
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.
Favorite Children's Book: Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Kate Radville, MS, CCC-SLP
Kate is a PhD student in the MGH Institute of Health Professions PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program. She is a speech-language pathologist, literacy specialist and former classroom teacher. Her research interests include implementation and translational science in education and oral and written language connections.
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear written and illustrated by Don Wood