Meet the Team

Amanda Owen Van Horne, PhD, CCC-SLP

Amanda Owen Van Horne, PhD, CCC-SLP

Principal Investigator

Amanda discovered Speech Pathology while attending the Texas Academy of Mathematics at the University of North Texas. Intrigued by a field that combined the study of language with a helping profession, she finished her Bachelor’s and  Master’s Degrees at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Initially Amanda wanted to treat individuals with bilingual aphasia, but ultimately became interested in children with language impairment. Amanda attended Purdue University, where she studied with Larry Leonard.  She completed her Clinical Fellowship within the Purdue Clinic. After 12 years at the University of Iowa, Amanda is now an associate professor at the University of Delaware and director of the TELL lab.  Amanda is interested in using treatment research to better understand how language learning works in children at-risk of language learning difficulties for a variety of reasons.

Maura Curran, PhD, CCC-SLP

Maura Curran, PhD, CCC-SLP

Postdoctoral Researcher / Research SLP

Maura grew up in the Northeast. She attended the University of Rhode Island and practiced clinically for several years in a variety of settings before returning to school for her PhD.  Maura attended the University of Iowa. Her dissertation research was on how to embed complex syntax in authentic curricular contexts, such as science instruction. She also collaborated on projects that used propensity score matching to examine student outcomes.  Maura is now a postdoc/research SLP directing the Language Intervention + Science Learning study.

Kristina Strother-Garcia

Kristina Strother-Garcia

Lab Coordinator

Kristina received her BA in linguistics from the University of Chicago. While completing her MA in linguistics from UD, she worked as a research assistant under the advisement of Dr. Roberta Michnik Golinkoff in the Child’s Play, Learning & Development Lab. Kristina is now the lab coordinator for the TELL lab, as well as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science at UD. Her research interests include computational phonology, syllable theory, first language acquisition, and DLD.

Rebekah Mullin

Research Assistant

Rebekah is an undergraduate student at the University of Delaware majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Pre-professional Speech & Language Pathology. She is also double-majoring in Disability Studies and Human Development & Family Services. Rebekah’s research interests include language acquisition and apraxia.

Mitali Patel

Mitali Patel

Research Assistant

Mitali is studying Cognitive Science with a specialization in Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, along with minors in both Human Development & Family Studies and Disabilities Studies. Mitali has an interest in working in Pediatrics and working in a hospital setting. She strives to attend the Communication Sciences and Disorders Master’s Program at the University of Delaware.