Meet the Team
Amanda Owen Van Horne, PhD, CCC-SLP
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.
Samantha Weatherford MPH, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Research Manager
Samantha is the Clinical Research Manager for the TELL Lab. She received a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders from Truman State University, a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Missouri State University, and has a Master’s degree in Public Health from The George Washington University. Samantha has eight years of clinical experience across the lifespan. She is passionate about language development and disorders, improving access to equitable health services, and supporting families of children with disabilities.
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 currently attends the Communication Sciences and Disorders Master’s Program at the University of Delaware.
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, PhD
Kristina is the Lab Coordinator for the TELL Lab and recently completed a PhD in Linguistics at UD. Prior to attending UD, she received a BA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include computational phonology, syllable theory, first language acquisition, and DLD.
Claire is studying Cognitive Science with a specialization in Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, along with a minor in Disabilities Studies. She is also a member of the Delaware Women’s Lacrosse team. Claire is interested in language acquisition and working in a clinical setting.
Rebekah recently graduated from UD with a BS in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Pre-professional Speech and Language Pathology, as well as minors in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Services. She is currently working towards her MA in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She hopes to work with children that use Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices.