Graduate Students

Mia Coutinho
B.S. Neuroscience, Lafayette College
First year Ph.D. student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Research interests: first- and second language acquisition, language recovery post-stroke, plasticity, educational neuroscience, and literacy development.


Carolyn Gershman
B.A. Brain and Cognitive Sciences and American Sign Language, University of Rochester
Second year Ph.D. student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Research interests: Language and cognition, neural organization and plasticity, sign language and deafness



Genevieve Hayman
B.A., University of Redlands; M.A. Philosophy, University College Dublin
Fifth year Ph.D. student in Philosophy
Research interests: Phenomenology, temporality, and embodied cognition.



Jessica Kotfila
B.A. Linguistics and Psychology, Smith College
Fourth year Ph.D. student in Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Research interests: primary language acquisition with a focus on syntax, semantics, and language change as it pertains to language learning.


Zhuosi Luo
B.A. China Foreign Affairs Univeristy; M.A. China Foreign Affairs University
Third year Ph.D. student in Linguistics (theoretical) and Cognitive Science
Research interests: the learnability and evolvability issues of language; domain-general cognition



Jakob Prange
B.S. Computational Linguistics, Saarland University
Fifth year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
Research interests: Meaning representations and grammar formalisms for computational language understanding; machine learning.


Post Docs

Heidi Getz

Heidi Getz
B.A. Linguistics and French, Georgetown University; M.S. Linguistics, Georgetown University
Ph.D. Linguistics, Georgetown University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow​, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University
Research interests: how children learn correlations among patterns of syntax and morphology; how the brain processes syntax.


Alumni

Katrina Ferrara
B.A. Psychology and English, Williams College; M.A. Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D. Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow​, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Children’s National Health System
Research interests: intellectual and developmental disabilities, visual-spatial cognition, cognitive development


Alix Fetch

Alix Fetch
B.A. Linguistics, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Linguistics, Georgetown University
Research interests: hierarchical structure in language and action; language acquisition, processing hierarchical structure in the brain.


Shannon Mooney

Shannon Mooney
B.A. Linguistics, Anthropology, New York University; M.A. Linguistics, University of Toronto
Ph.D. Linguistics, Georgetown University
Research interests: language variation and change, quantitative sociolinguistics, and usage-based approaches to phonology and morphosyntax.


Kathryn Schuler

Kathryn Schuler
B.A. Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, Georgetown University
Research interests: how language is acquired by young children; statistical learning, learning rules and variation.



Betsy Sneller
B.A. English Literature, Calvin College; M.A. Sociolinguistics, University of Essex
Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Learning and Development Lab, Georgetown University
Research interests: sociolinguistics, language variation and change, phonology, experimental sociolinguistics, experimental phonology.