Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab Alumni

Crystle Alonzo, PhD (c), MS, CCC-SLP

Crystle Alonzo, PhD '18, CCC-SLP

Crystle accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. She will be the project director on one of the largest longitudinal studies funded by the NIH on children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Dyslexia, under the mentorship of Julie Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP, – a co-investigaor with Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP at the MGH Institute, Suzanne Adlof, PhD, at the University of South Carolina, and Jessie Ricketts, BSc, MSc, DPhil, at the Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Crystle Alonzo worked with Dr. Hogan in the Speech and Language (SAiL) Lab while she was in the MGH Institute  PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program . She graduated in 2018.

Crystle is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in a variety of settings – schools, clinics, homes – with children from birth to 18 years old. One of the most influential clinical experiences for her was providing early intervention services to children and their families on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona.

These clinical experiences sparked Crystle’s interest in applied research in early childhood language development and pre-literacy skills.

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Favorite Children's Book: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka


Lauren Baron, PhD '18, CCC-SLP

Lauren has accepted a position as postdoctoral research fellow at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She will be working on two NIH-funded studies led by Suzanne Adlof, PhD, that will investigate word learning and reading abilities in children with developmental language disorders from kindergarten through fourth grade. Tiffany Hogan is a Co-PI with Suzanne Adlof on one of the NIH studies.

Dr.  Baron worked with Dr. Hogan in the SAiL Lab while she was a student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute.  She graduated in 2018. She has a BS in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst,  and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the MGH Institute. 

Lauren is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who has worked as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings. Most recently, she provided services in public schools and private practice. She primarily treated children ages 8 to 18, with language and executive function impairments.

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Favorite Children's Book: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss



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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