Dr. Gerken, the director of the Tweety Lab, is a professor of psychology and linguistics. She is also the associate editor of Language Learning and Development. Her main interest is language acquisition and, more specifically, infants' and children's sensitivity to linguistic structure. She is also interested in how language is represented in the mind and the relation between linguistic grammars and language behaviors like comprehension and production.
Carolyn is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She
completed her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of
Pennsylvania, and spent a year as a postdoc at the UC San
Diego Center for Research in Language. Her research
concerns how children learn the sounds and words of their
native language, and how bilinguals process sounds in both
their languages. At the University of Arizona, she is
conducting infant studies with LouAnn Gerken, training in
Specific Language Impairment research and assessments in
Elena Plante's lab, and continuing her collaborations with
Daniel Swingley (Penn) and Sarah Creel (UCSD). She also
enjoys playing the bassoon, biking all over Tucson, and
taking her dog to the park! Read more about her 7.5
and 14 month infant experiments here!
Kara recently completed her doctoral program in
Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is now a
Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, but she
is still collaborating with the Tweety Lab on
continuations of some of her research projects. Her
main research interests involve the role of prosody (the
rhythmic and melodic aspects of speech) in syntax
acquisition in infants and adults. She is also conducting
experiments on infant music perception. Kara teaches yoga,
gardens, and embarks on complicated cooking projects in
her free time. Read more about her experiments here!
Andréa graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in
linguistics in 2008, from Utrecht University with an MA in
linguistics in 2010, and is now a third year PhD student
in linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is
currently researching whether age and phonological
experience affects whether phonetic variation is
beneficial to word learning. When not in the lab, she
likes to travel, cook and bake, hike, and belly
dance. Read more about her experiment here!
Megan received her BA in English linguistics from Arizona
State University in 2010 and her MA in English linguistics
from ASU in 2012. She is currently pursuing her PhD in
linguistics at the University of Arizona. Her research
interests include the acquisition of morphosyntax in
typically-developing and language impaired monolingual and
bilingual children. In her free time, she enjoys reading
young adult novels, spending time with her dog, being a
foodie, and cross-stitching nonsense.
Lauren is currently double majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She is currently assisting with the 2-6 year old Phonetic Variation study. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, crocheting, and visiting her family in San Diego.
I am studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the U of A. I want to pursue a graduate degree in Speech Pathology and eventually hope to work in a children's hospital. I enjoy listening to music, playing guitar and softball, watching movies, and traveling.
Neida is an undergraduate student double majoring in
Psychology and Spanish with an emphasis in Linguistics.
She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology and
plans to go on to be a school psychologist. In her free
time she enjoys reading, crafting, organizing, watching
movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Alisa is currently a third year undergraduate student
double majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing
Sciences and Special Education with a minor in Marine
Biology at the University of Arizona. After graduating,
she hopes to spend time volunteering abroad before
coming back to the U.S. to pursue a graduate degree in
Speech Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking,
surfing, snorkeling, and traveling.
Colin completed his dissertation in Fall of 2010 under
the guidance of Dr. LouAnn Gerken. Colin is beginning a
doctoral program in statistics and still collaborates with
the Tweety Lab on various projects.
Peter completed his dissertation August 2008 under the guidance of Drs. LouAnn Gerken and Diana Ohala at the University of Arizona, and is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University in the Goffman Laboratory, directed by Dr. Lisa Goffman. Peter and Lisa are figuring out how his research on phonological learning can be translated into clinically relevant studies targeting children with Specific Language Impairment.Claire Fischer, former undergraduate researcher
Frances is a post-doc, with a Ph.D in Psychology and a M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her primary interest is in how infants and young children are able to be such great learners, specifically how young children actively behave to maximize their learning efficiently, including using various strategies like selective attention. She is currently engaged in research at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Rebecca Gomez, Director of the Tigger Lab at the University of Arizona
Dr. Mary Peterson, Director of the Visual Perception Lab at the University of Arizona
Chewie Mon, Member of the Visual Perception Lab
Dr. Tania Zamuner, Infant researcher at the University of British Columbia and the Netherlands
Dr. Jessica Maye, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University
Dr. Allyson Carter, Acquiring Editor at the UA Press