Alumni

Infant Lab Coordinator

Kristina McCarthy

nu.infantlab@gmail.com
I am a recent graduate of Boston College, where I earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics, and I hope to eventually earn my Ph.D in Developmental Psychology. My research interests include language acquisition and cognitive development in infants and young children. My interests outside of the lab are modern dance, yoga, and baking.

Research Assistants

Sarah Alroudhan

Sarah AlroudhanI am a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. My pursuit of studying the varied aspects of the human brain, specifically language processing and cognition, stemmed from an initial fascination of the different pathways and interactions human behaviors had with our brains. I hope to expand my knowledge and gain a better understanding throughout the next few years on the diverse ways in which the human brain works.

Olivia McKissick

Olivia McKissickI am a second year Behavioral Neuroscience major here at Northeastern. This is my first time working in a psychology lab. My non-school/science hours are filled with a healthy mix of sailing, hiking, singing, skiing, photography, and writing.

Ana Piccirillo

Ana PiccirilloI am an undergraduate, third-year student at Northeastern University, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology and Business Management. I hope to continue on to get my PhD in Linguistics and to work either in Advertising and Marketing, or in historical reconstruction of some sort. I love to travel and recently completed a 6 month semester abroad in London. I am simultaneously participating in a Bilingualism research seminar and hope to incorporate my knowledge of linguistics into my time at the Phonology lab.

Sophi Sbi

Sophia SbiI am a fourth year Psychology major at Northeastern University. I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and have a fraternal twin sister. I love international cuisine, animals, swimming, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends! Lastly I love trying new things and embracing challenges, so working in a lab will be a new and exciting experience.

Seraphina Fong

Seraphina FongI am a second-year international student at Northeastern University, pursuing a combined major in Linguistics and Psychology, and an expected minor in Behavioural Neuroscience. My interests lie in psycholinguistics, language acquisition, as well as language and communication disorders in children. Following my undergraduate education, I hope to attend graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology.

Eileen Fair

Eileen Fair

My name’s Eileen Fair and I am an undergraduate student studying American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting and Psychology. I will be graduating from Northeastern May of 2016. I have a passion for learning different languages of all kinds; I find them fascinating! The only foreign language I currently know is ASL. However, years ago I studied both Spanish and German. During my free time I like to spend time reading the Bible, traveling, figure skating, and cooking things from scratch!

Alix Getreu

Alix Getreu

I’m in my second year pursuing a major in psychology and minors in behavioral neuroscience and linguistics. I’m really excited to work in my first psycholinguistics lab – my dream job is to work in research. In my free time I like to read, write poetry, explore new places around the city with friends, attend concerts and box. I’m enamored with language – it’s the perfect combination of art and science! I also play around with writing a constructed language sometimes. I love to travel and hope to incorporate language learning in remote and foreign places into my future.

Allison Rodgers

Allison_R My name is Allison Rodgers and I am an undergrad here at Northeastern. I am a senior and will be graduating with a major in psychology and a minor in English. I completed a co-op in the Child Development Unit of UMass Boston and am very excited to get more research experience in the Phonology and Reading Lab. In my free time I enjoy yoga and cooking.

Livymer Caceres

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My name is Livy Caceres and I am a middler at Northeastern University. I am majoring it American Sign Language and Psychology, and I plan to get my MA in Speech and Language Pathology. My dream job is to work with children with autism as a speech therapist in Europe (most likely Paris). I once had a dog that I loved dearly and still do even though he no longer exists. I play Club Rugby for NU as a wing and I like to read, listen to music, and write my thoughts when I have free time. I also like to memorize absurd raps and dance like someone is watching, when no one is watching. I have a chronic case of wanderlust, and plan to incorporate my studies into traveling in the future. I’ve always been fond of languages – hearing them or learning them – and I am excited to do more work related to languages in the near and far future.

Naomi Stapleton

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I am a second year Psychology major at Northeastern University, with anticipated minors in Linguistics and Art + Design. I am also working in the Northeastern Lifespan Emotional Development Lab this semester. I enjoy swimming and volunteering for Peace Through Play in my free time. I am looking forward to working hard and learning a lot in this lab!

Taylor Vonk

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I am currently a freshman here at Northeastern University, pursuing a dual major in computer science and cognitive psychology. I have some experience volunteering in a substance abuse research lab but this is my first time working in a cognition lab. Some of my extracurricular interests include soccer and basketball, as well as art and music.

Alexandra Emmendorfer

I’m a 3rd year Behavioral Neuroscience major with a minor in inguistics. I’m interested in the biological basis of language and multilingualism. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in Europe. I love to travel, cook (and eat), learn foreign languages (I speak German and French, and am currently learning Dutch) and hang out with my kitty.

Kerry Isakson

 I am a 4th year student here at Northeastern University, and I’m studying Linguistics and Psychology. My interests in studying these fields lie within the areas of first and second language acquisition and development in children.

Leighanne Wang

 I am a second year Psychology major at Northeastern. I am interested in language acquisition as well as how the brain processes language. In my free time I enjoy reading, dancing, and traveling.

Krista Lavrentios

 I am a junior at Northeastern, working towards a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with an American Sign Language minor. Following graduation, I plan on earning my graduate degree and pursuing a career as an augmentative and alternative communication specialist. Outside of my studies, I spend time with my awesome dog, Moose and watch bad T.V.

Molly Hunt

I am a third year Psychology major with a minor in Health Sciences. I hope to continue on to graduate school and work with children some day to improve how we educate and care for them. My interests generally focus on travel and children.

Victoria Hung

 I am a senior Psychology major at Northeastern University. I love children and hope to work with them some day. In my free time, I volunteer at Children’s Hospital and spend time with friends and family. I also love to travel and hope to go to different countries around the world.

Hollis Thomann

 I am a senior Linguistics major with minors in Psychology and International Affairs. Following graduation I hope to teach English abroad and then go to graduate school in either Linguistics, Education, or Speech-Language Pathology. Outside of school and research, I like to travel, go to shows with friends, learn foreign languages (German and French currently), and read books!

Diana Munera

 I am a senior Psychology major at Northeastern University. I love children and hope to work with them some day. In my free time, I volunteer at Children’s Hospital and spend time with friends and family. I also love to travel and hope to go to different countries around the world.

Alicia Silvestri

 My name is Alicia Silvestri and I am a senior Linguistics major. I grew up right outside of Boston, and I consider this city my home. I find language fascinating, especially given what it directly infers about the culture we live in. I hope to someday become a teacher and use what I have learned at Northeastern as scaffolding for the representation of the world I give to my students.

Alex Catullo

 This May I will be graduating from Northeastern with a degree in Psychology; I’ve focused my studies on the areas of Developmental Psychology and Sensation and Perception. Next year I will attend graduate school to become a teacher, and further my understanding of American Sign Language. Outside of Northeastern, I am the Assistant Program Director at Community Boating, Inc. I like to spend my time rudderless sailing on the Charles, and biking around the city.

Vivian Ho

 I am a senior Behavioral Neuroscience major at Northeastern. I am interested in researching language acquisition and brain activity. Outside of school, I enjoy baking, dancing, and traveling.

Kyle Morgan

 I am a senior Psychology major in my last semester here at Northeastern. After graduation I plan on working with children to improve education so that it is both enjoyable for kids and fits with neurological models of learning. I hope to go on to graduate studies of cognitive development and education sciences. Outside of academia, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and being creative.

Casey Borstel

 I am a junior Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major. I hope to continue on to graduate school and earn my doctorate in Audiology. My family uses American Sign Language with my Deaf sister. Outside of my studies I like to spend time with friends and family, sing, and explore all that the city of Boston has to offer.

Kata Tamási

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Tracy Lennertz

Graduate Student.
Thesis (2010): People’s knowledge of phonological universals: Evidence from fricatives and stops.

My research focuses on the level of understanding language users have of phonology. To do this, I examine speaker’s preferences for novel forms of consonant clusters in onsets.

Myles Louis Dakan

Lab Manager
2011

I graduated with honors from Swarthmore College studying linguistics, music, & mathematics before completing a post-bac research fellowship at the University of Maryland. My interests lie in psycholinguistics, sign languages, & language endangerment; more broadly, I am also a Sacred Harp singer, contra dancer, & gamelan musician.

Monica Bennett

Lab Manager
2010

I graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in Cognitive Science. I am interested in psycholinguistics, particularly in the areas of reading and dyslexia, and I plan to pursue a doctorate in the field.

Katherine Harder

Lab Manager
2009

I graduated from Hamilton College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French. I am interested in language development in infants and children, and hope to pursue a higher level degree in this area of research in the future.

Darrell Penta

Research Assistant
2011

Athulya Aravind

Research Assistant
2011

Kimberlee LaSalle

Research Assistant
2011

Mariah Warren

Research Assistant
2011

Isabel Shmulevich

Research Assistant
2011-2012

Jaclyn Dollard

Research Assistant
2012

Sara de Carvalho

Research Assistant
2012

Maricarmen Hazoury

Research Assistant
2012

Ian Brenkle

Research Assistant
2011-2012

Melissa Fraher

Research Assistant
2011-2012

Mollie Bohlen

Research Assistant
2012

Claire Kalsbeek

Research Assistant
2012

Hannah Silk

Research Assistant
2012

Alyssa Kane

Research Assistant
2012