Lab Members

The Child Language and Cognitive Processes is comprised of Director Julia Evans and the following lab members:

Erica Ellis, B.A.

ericaErica Ellis is Ph.D. Candidate in SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders. She graduated from San Diego State in Communicative Disorders and Psychology in May 2006.

Erica's research interests include the environmental influences of early language development and disorders, including maternal input, word learning and the range of implicit learning abilities in young children with and without language delays.

Erica has been completing her clinical certification requirements and hours for Speech Language Pathology. She has worked with adults with traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, children with language disorders, and preschoolers with various speech and language disorders. Erica is now currently working on her dissertation studies investigating word learning in 18 month olds.

Andrea Fung B.A., B.S.

Andrea is currently working as a Lab Manager and has been a part of this lab since January 2011. She graduated from San Diego State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences - Speech-Language Pathology in addition to a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development.

Hanna Gelfand, B.A.

Hanna is a second year doctoral student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders. She graduated cum laude from New York University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics.

Hanna's current research interests focus on processing information from multiple modalities during speech perception and language acquisition. When auditory information and visual information are present in the environment, how do children with SLI perceive and use the information available to different modalities to support their language abilities?

Sarah Kucker

marisaSarah Kucker is a post-doctoral research associate working with Dr. Julia Evans in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UTD. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Iowa in May 2013. During graduate school, Sarah worked with Larissa Samuelson and Bob McMurray to use empirical studies and computational models to explore factors that influence cognitive development and word learning, particularly in 18- and 24-month-old infants. Her research takes a dynamic approach to analyzing factors that influence a child’s ability to associate words and objects, such as prior experiences and familiarity, current vocabulary development and individual biases, and a child’s developing representations of word-forms and object categories. She is currently exploring individual differences in late talking children’s semantic and phonological representations through neurological measures (such as EEG and NIRS) and behavioral results.

Marisa Sizemore, M.A.

marisaMarisa L. Sizemore, M.A., is a Ph.D. Candidate in SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders. She has a Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), received in August 2006 from SDSU's School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. During her M.A. program, Marisa worked in Dr. Thal's Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab, and completed her thesis, "Gesture Use in Children With and Without a History of Language Delay During Narrative Retells" under the mentorship of Dr. Thal. Marisa's dissertation research involves investigating phonological and lexical processing in children and adolescents with Specific Language Impairment as well as typical individuals using event-related brain potentials. She has worked clinically with adolescents with language disorders while completing her Clinical Fellowship Year and working toward gaining the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.