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!
Sara graduated May 2010 from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She is currently assisting with the 7.5 month study, the 9 month visual perception study, the 11 and 17 month studies. As the former lab manager of the SLHS Department's L4 Lab, Sara is primarily in charge of handling public matters and sees to the administrative needs of the lab. She has recently decided to return to school to complete prerequisite coursework for medical school, with plans to become an Obstetrician. In her spare time, Sara likes to camp, read, cook, and spend time with her three dogs. She also enjoys photography, geocaching, and cruising the Barrio Viejo on her tricycle.
Jeannette is a fourth-year undergraduate student of
Linguistics and Spanish at the University of Arizona. She
is currently working in the Tweety Lab on her Honors
Thesis in Linguistics and as a research assistant. In the
past, Jeannette was primarily responsible for the
scheduling and running of the 9 month Razanne study and
the 14 month study. Beginning this Fall, Jeannette will be
working on a new 9-month visual perception study for her
Honor's thesis. When she's not doing homework, Jeannette
enjoys reading, cooking, baking, organizing, hanging out
with family, and playing video games with her husband.
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.
Michelle is an undergraduate at the UofA studying linguistics and speech pathology. She enjoys reading, ballet, ethnography, learning new languages, baking, relaxing outside, and swimming.
Lark is a fourth-year undergraduate student of Psychology and Turkish at the UA. Having spent the first decade of her life living in Istanbul, Turkey, she grew up to be fluent in both English and Turkish as a true bilingual. She hopes to use her studies to conduct research on bilingualism in the future. Her favorite pastimes include ballet, singing, performing, attending concerts, and traveling.
Celeste will begin working in the Tweety Lab in August of 2013. Check back for her updated biography!
Kimmy will begin working in the Tweety Lab in August of
2013. Check back for her updated biography!
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