Kaja Jasińska is fundamentally interested in the neural mechanisms that support language (monolingual or bilingual, signed or spoken), reading and cognitive development across the lifespan. Her research asks questions such as how early life experience changes the brain’s capacity for language and learning. She uses MRI and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging technology in combination with genetic and behavioral analyses to gain new insights into the biological underpinnings of language, reading, and human cognition.
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Hermann Akpe has a PhD in Social Sciences and Human Capital Development from the Institute Development and Anthropology (ISAD) at Félix Houphouët Boigny University (UFHB). He holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in developmental economy. His research focuses on education, and he has worked on projects concerning the quality of professional development at private institutions of higher education. His research interests also include professional integration strategies. He is a member of the National Committee for Early Childhood Integrated Development (CNDIDJE) and has a special interest in young children’s learning abilities.
Fabrice Tanoh — Research coordinator Fabrice is a third-year doctoral student in Economic Sociology at the University Felix Houphouet Boigny (UFHB) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. His research focuses on issues related to children’s education in rural areas. His work on the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project centers around the sociological and socioeconomic context of child literacy development. He also leads the Science Capacity Building collaboration with research partners in Ivory Coast (CIERPA, World Education, Laboratory of Neuroscience, French Agency of Development, and others). This project aims to increase the skills of young researchers and launch joint research projects on education in Côte d’Ivoire.
Sarah Wang is a second year doctoral student in Linguistics at the University of Delaware. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Japanese from Emory University. Her research interests include bilingualism and the mental representation of different aspects of language. She leads the Neural and Genetic Basis of Language and Reading Development project.
Axel Seri is pursuing an master’s degree in ethics and governance with a focus on sustainable development at the Center for Research and Action for Peace (CERAP) in Côte d’Ivoire. He is passionate about research and hopes to contribute to scientific innovation serving sustainable development in Africa. He works on the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project and plans to continue studies at the doctoral level.
Violet Kozloff — Lab Manager Violet graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences and French, where she developed a study on children’s acquisition of non-native intonation patterns. Her interests include language development, speech processing, and bilingualism. She is particularly interested in the acquisition of second language phonology and intonation.
Adji Thierry holds a masters in Linguistics from the University of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, where he has also studied law. He is the team’s Attie specialist and also administers French-language assessments as part of the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project. He has now participated in four field experiments with the team and plans to continue his studies in linguistics.
Kelsey Mulford is a junior cognitive science major at the University of Delaware. She is minoring in both human development and family sciences (HDFS) and disabilities studies. She is planning on becoming a speech pathologist and decided to join the BOLD lab because of it’s focus on language aquisition. She is interested in how socioeconomic factors can influence language and literacy skills.
Elise Kouadio is a doctoral student in sociology, specializing in economic sociology and employment research. Her dissertation focuses on household consumption expenditure in difficult economic conditions, asking how we can understand social capital and family ties in insecure households. She speaks Baoulé and has participated in fieldwork for the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project in Tiébissou, Côte d’Ivoire. She is deeply interested in the question of childhood education and looks forward to further work with international organizations.
Armand Yeboue is a second-year master’s student in Literacy at Felix Houphouet Boigny de Cocody University in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. A native speaker of Baoulé, he is a research assistant in the Promoting Literacy Development in Rural Cocoa-Producing Communities project.
Laís Freitas is a clinical psychologist and visiting student from the Federal University of São Paulo in Brazil. Her collaboration at the BOLD Lab centered around childhood cognitive development, transcultural neuropsychology, socioeconomic status, and literacy, with a primary focus on executive functions.
Sosthene Guei — Former Research Coordinator. Sosthene is now pursuing a masters degree in child development at the University of Haifa in Israel. He holds an M.A. in sustainable development with a specialization in corporate social responsibility, as well as a master’s in English studies. His research works focus on development issues related to education and sustainability in Africa.
Kali Bussey — Former Research Assistant. Kali is currently pursuing a masters in Communication Sciences and Communications Disorders at the University of Delaware. After her two years at UD, she plans on becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist in a clinical setting.
Kerryann Pini — Former Research Assistant. Kerryann is currently pursing an M.A./Ed.S. degree in School Psychology at the University of Delaware. She also works at the Center for Disabilities Studies. After graduate school, she hopes to become a school psychologist and possibly go into research on children’s psychoeducational assessment.
Kenya Neal — Former Research Assistant. Kenya is a senior sociology major at the University of Delaware with a double minors in Human Development and Family Services andMedical Social Services . She plans to go to graduate school to pursue her masters in social work. She is passionate about working with children and child development. She joined the Bold Lab through the McNair scholars program.