Lab Members

Graduate Students

jamie Jamie Issacson, MA., CCC-SLP, Department of SLHS

Jamie is Ph.D. candidate in our laboratory. Jamie is a speech-language pathologist with over eight years of clinical experience. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) through the Brain Injury Association of America and worked for four years in inpatient rehabilitation, specializing in traumatic brain injury. She is interested in studying treatment techniques for individuals with language impairments, as well as studying the relationship between cognitive and language impairments. 


Sara Mohr  Sara Mohr MSc, Department of SLHS

Sara Mohr is a Master’s student of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Arizona. She received her BA in Neuroscience and French & Francophone Studies at Wartburg College. Currently, she works in Language and Neuroimaging Research Laboratory directed by Dr. Kielar. She is interested in pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology and working in a hospital setting.


Kerrah  Kerrah Rupel, SLPA, Department of SLHS

Kerrah Rupel recently completed the SLPA program with intention to become an SLP. Kerrah is working on language assessment with our participants and EEG.


 Leah  Leah Rice MSc, Department of Linguistics and SLHS

Leah Rice is a doctoral candidate in the Linguistics department at the University of Arizona.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and currently works in Dr. Aneta Kielar’s Language and Neuroimaging laboratory as well as Dr. Thomas Bever’s Language and Cognition laboratory.  Her research integrates formal syntactic theory with neurolinguistic models of sentence comprehension. Current studies employ behavioral and neuroimaging methods in healthy and stroke patient populations.


Honors Thesis

MS  Mike Shen, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

Mike is working on the fMRI study investigating neural correlated of phonological and semantic processing


alexis  Alexis Morrison, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

Alexis graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. She did her honors thesis in the lab on the relationship between narrative production and story gist in patients with stroke-related aphasia. The title of her thesis is: Relationship Between Story Gist and Narrative Production in Individuals with Stroke-Related Aphasia.


b1  Kimberly Skvarla, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

Kimmy completed her honors thesis in the lab. The thesis is titled:  Electrophysiological Signature of Verb Argument Processing: ERP Priming Study 


Undergraduate Independent Study

Alyssa Belder  Alyssa Belder, SLHS, SLPA program at UofA

Alyssa graduated with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She is now attending the SLPA program at the UofA. She would like to specialize in treating patients with neurological speech/language impairments. Joining the the lab has been a great experience for her!


shene  Shene Dult, Biology

Shene is junior with a biology major (with a biomedical sciences emphasis). Her work in the lab focuses on analysis of language assessment in aphasia and EEG studies. 


dina  Dina Habassi, Physiology

Dina is a Physiology major with a minor in French. The main reason why she is interested in this lab is because she sees many stroke patients at her work as a scribe in the emergency department. By conducting research Dina developed a better understanding of stroke aphasia. She word on speech sample analysis. 


Katie  Katie McConville, Neuroscience-Cognitive Science

Katie is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Cognition as well as a minor in Spanish with an intended graduation date of May 2020. She is interested in the role of language in human life, especially when language goes wrong as in aphasia and other disorders, which is what drew her to the lab. 


jackie  Jaqueline Leyva, SLHS

Jaqueline is a current junior studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. After taking a neurobiology course with Dr. Kielar, she became extremely interested in the brain structure and how it works. 

PIC   Hanna Nicole Johnson, Physiology

Hannah works in the lab on the TMS-fMRI study of phonological processing as well as speech analysis in aphasia. 

 b2  Anita Lamoreaux, SLHS

Anita works on analysis of language assessment in aphasia. 

SL  Stephanie Lowe, Physiology


Previous Lab Members

kenna  Kenna Lovelace, SLHS-Psychology

Kenna graduated with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She is now pursuing her MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in working in a medical setting with children and adults who have neurological disorders. Her experience in this lab has prepared her to administer neuropsychological assessments; skills that are necessary in her career. Her role in the lab focused on lesion mapping, EEG analysis, and admin duties. 


phoebe  Phoebe Lughes, SLHS

Phoebe graduated with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She is now pursing her MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Phoebe's role in the lab were the TMS-fMRI study of phonological processing as well as language assessment in aphasia. 


Herman Singh Khalon, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Spencer Vaughan, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ali Block, SLHS

Selenne Yescas, SLHS

Katelyn O'Niel Ingersoll, SLHS

Becky Cochiolo, SLHS

Rachel Thomason, SLHS

Tara M. Ellis-Vaughn B.S. Neuroscience and Cognitive Science | Molecular and Cellular Biology

Rachael Dinh, Public Health/Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

Chelsea Privette SLHS Master's program.

Judy Piorkowski, SLHS

Julia Bak, SLHS, Special Education-Rehabilitation


We are currently recruiting talented and passionate people to join the lab!

Graduate Students:

     1. Laboratory Rotation

     2. Master's thesis

     3. Doctoral  Dissertation

Undergraduate student positions:

We are accepting students who are:

  1. Interested in gaining research experience
  2. Would like to be trained on neuroimaging techniques
  3. Planning their Honors Thesis
  4. Interested in Independent study or directed research

If you are interested, please contact: