MAPS Lab Members

Principal Investigator

F. Sayako Earle

(PI) MAPS Lab

Office: STAR Campus, Ste. 210BB

Contact: fsearle@udel.edu

F. Sayako Earle is an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a faculty affiliation with the department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Sayako is interested in the cognitive substrates that support speech acquisition in individuals with typical and disordered language. Sayako has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia, and she received her Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Cognitive Science from the University of Connecticut in 2016.

Lab Manager

Emily Fritzson earned a B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College in May 2017. During her time at Skidmore, she interned at a center for developmentally impaired children, working closely with occupational and speech therapists as well as the school psychologist. This experience, in addition to her time spent studying abroad in Spain, sparked her interest in multilingualism and the intersectionality of speech production, language comprehension and cognitive function. In the future, Emily plans to attend graduate school and continue her investigation into speech perception and language development, ideally with children.

Graduate Students

Kristen Black is a B.S. student in Cognitive Science, pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Delaware. Her primary interests involve the role of sleep on various aspects of language, cognition, and neural functioning in typical and atypical populations. She hopes to incorporate her experiences at UD into the field of Speech-Language Pathology as a future researcher and practicing clinician.

Samantha Mikels is a Master’s student at the University of Delaware studying Speech-Language Pathology. Samantha completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Linguistics, and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. As an undergraduate student, Samantha researched the relationship between safe listening levels of personal listening devices, and actual levels used by college students. In the future Samantha plans to work with clients of various ages as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a healthcare setting.

Adela Ulitsky is a current Speech Language Pathology Master’s student at the University of Delaware. She received her undergraduate degree at Temple University. Adela is drawn to neurophysiology and neuropsychology and applying these domains to her future career as a speech therapist. She is interested in trauma rehabilitation along with second-language acquisition.

Undergraduate Students

Leigh Abramson is a senior at the University of Delaware. She is completing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as a minor in Disability Studies. Her research interests include aphasia as well as stutters. After graduation, Leigh aims to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and eventually hopes to become a speech therapist in a school for the deaf.

Wesley Dedman is a junior at the University of Delaware. She is currently completing a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as minors in Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences. In addition to her studies, Wesley serves as the community service chairman of UD’s National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Her main research interests include speech rehabilitation in aphasia patients and childhood language acquisition. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Jennifer Fritz is a junior at the University of Delaware completing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as two minors in Disabilities Studies and Human Development & Family Studies. Speech rehabilitation and language acquisition are her main research interests. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology after graduation and work in a rehabilitation hospital in the future.

Erin Ricciardi is a senior at the University of Delaware.  She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, and she is completing two minors in Disabilities Studies and Human Development & Family Studies.  To enrich her studies, Erin serves as the Vice President of UD’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter.  Her research interests include neurological disorders and speech rehabilitation, and she is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Memory and Perception of Speech (MAPS) Lab.  Post-graduation, Erin intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and she hopes to make memory and speech perception in stroke patients her primary research focus.

Makaela Somma, currently a senior at the University of Delaware, is pursuing an undergraduate double major degree in Cognitive Sciences with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish Studies. She is primarily interested in the differences between perception and identification of key speech sounds in bilingual hispanic speakers. After graduation, she plans on attending a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Masters degree program.

Collaborators

  • Dana Arthur, SUNY at New Paltz
  • Laurie Cutting, Vanderbilt University
  • Stephanie Del Tufo, Vanderbilt University
  • Kaja JasinskaUniversity of Delaware
  • Nicole LandiUniversity of Connecticut/ Haskins Labratories
  • Jarrad LumDeakin University
  • Emily MyersUniversity of Connecticut/ Haskins Labratories
  • Tammie Spaulding, University of Connecticut
  • Michael UllmanGeorgetown University
  • Xin XieUniversity of Rochester

Lab Alumni

  • Andrea Perkins (’17) – Master’s student in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University
  • Yaqian Huang (’17) – PhD student in Linguistics at San Diego State University

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