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Emmorey Dr. Karen Emmorey
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Dr. Karen Emmorey is a Professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and Director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience. full bio

Batch Cindy O'Grady Farnady
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Cindy O'Grady Farnady is a native signer and has been involved in sign language research for over 15 years. She is currently a Research Assistant at LLCN. She also works at the Salk Institute conducting research on Deaf individuals who have had a stroke. In addition she consults with graduate students on linguistics, translating and interpreting tasks. Her interests include running, cycling, traveling, cooking and reading. She looks forward to meeting you when you visit the lab.

giezen Dr. Marcel Giezen
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Marcel Giezen received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His dissertation research focused on speech and sign perception in deaf children with cochlear implants. He came to San Diego in 2011 to work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the LLCN with a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research that investigated cross-language interactions in hearing signers using behavioral and eye-tracking measures. His current research interests are bimodal bilingualism, working memory, and phonological and lexical processes in language production and comprehension.

McCullough Dr. Stephen McCullough
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Stephen McCullough is a Research Scientist in LLCN. He uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural systems that underlie sign language and the cognitive systems that support sign language processing (e.g., face recognition, motion perception).

Petrich Dr. Jennifer Petrich
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Jennifer Petrich received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2004. Dr. Petrich's previous research focused on visual motion processing and attentional processing differences between normal and dyslexia readers and between deaf signers and hearing non-signers. Currently, Dr. Petrich's interests lie in studying the neural mechanisms that underlie language and motion processing in deaf signers.

Sevcikova Dr. Zed Sevcikova-Sehyr
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Zed Sevcikova Sehyr received her Ph.D in Cognitive Perceptual and Brain Sciences from University College London, Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL). Her project examined perception and categorization of handling constructions in British Sign Language and gesture. In DCAL, she also worked as a research assistant on a project investigating acquisition of predicate structures, gesture and embodiment (constructed action) by deaf children with various BSL backgrounds. Zedís research interests currently include the role of short-term memory in fingerspelling and print and the effects of modality on spatial processing.

Weisberg Dr. Jill Weisberg
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Jill Weisberg received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, where she used functional brain imaging to examine spatial processing and object recognition in deaf and hearing populations. Since 1993, she has also been a member of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at NIMH, focusing on various aspects of learning and memory. Those studies explored how concepts are represented in the brain (e.g. objects concepts, social interaction) using functional brain imaging. Prior to that, Jill completed a B.A in French and an M.A. in Experimental Neuropsychology at George Mason University.

Students and Volunteers

brozdowski Chris Brozdowski

Chris Brozdowski is a PhD student in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative disorders. He received his B.S. in Cognitive Science and Psychology & Linguistics from The University of Connecticut. There, he spend time working on phonological development in ASL with Diane Lillo-Martin, Path and Manner expressions in Nicaraguan Homesign with Marie Coppola and semantic network modeling of abstract and concrete terms with Jim Magnuson. He's interested in the cognitive effects of sign language use as well as measuring language activation in bimodal bilinguals.

mcnanie Shea McNanie

Shea McNanie is currently a communication scholar at San Diego State University and will graduate in December of 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in the School of Communication. She gained interest in American Sign Language (ASL) 15 years ago at the young age of 7, and within those 15 years she has successfully completed 5 ASL courses expanding her knowledge of the language and culture alike. Her passion with ASL continues not only for the friendships she has made, but also to promote and bring awareness to the Deaf community. She is thankful to have this opportunity to volunteer at the LLCN and is motivated to absorb and utilize the information she learns for future work.

Secora Kristen Secora

Kristen Secora is a PhD student in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Texas Christian University. She is studying motion processing in sign languages within the framework of embodied cognition.

Silance Natalie Silance

Natalie Silance is currently a senior, majoring in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. Throughout the course of her first ASL class, she gained a deep interest in Deaf culture. Since then, she has further continued her education in American Sign Language; completing three semesters thus far. She enjoys learning about Deaf culture, and regularly attends events through the Deaf Community Services of San Diego. She is enthusiastic to learn more about sign language through the LLCN and to acquire skills she can apply towards her future career.

Sousa Nina Sousa

Nina is a fourth year at San Diego State University majoring in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. While in high school, she took 3 years of American Sign Language learning the language and about Deaf culture. These studies sparked her interest and that is when she decided to major in SLHS. She will be volunteering in the LLCN and is excited for this opportunity to work alongside professionals and learn about this growing field.

weber Jordan Weber

Iím currently a second year masters student in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) program at San Diego State University (SDSU). I received my B.A. also in SLHS at SDSU and minored in neuroscience. My current interests are providing speech therapy to children who are deaf & hard of hearing and older adults who have neurogenic language disorders.

Previous Lab Members

Celia Alba De La Torre
Aileen Aldalur
Brittany Arnold
Cristina Baus
Lauren Branch
Hannah Bowley
Dr. Shannon Casey
Rachel Colvin
Travis Cox
Christiana David
Tanya Denmark
Nicole Denny
Jackilyn Escosio
Jordan Fenlon
Melissa Herzig
Adam Jarashow
Geo Kartheiser
Franco Korpics
Clifton Langdon-Grigg
Heather Larrabee
Mandy Lenham
Elisabeth Lottman
Danielle Lucien-Thompsen
Nancy Mariscal
Isidore Niyongabo
Erica Tara Lily Parker
Devin Peterson
Dr. Josep Quer
Desiree Sasunian
Erin Spurgeon
Adam Stone
Mahie Sumathipaia
Jonathan Udoff

last updated: 5/5/2015



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