University of Minnesota
Ben Munson received his M.A. in speech-language pathology and his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State University. He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in August, 2000. He is committed to conducting research that furthers our understanding of the factors that influence typical and atypical speech and language development, and, hopefully, improves the lives of children with communication disorders.
Maria Swora earned her BA in Linguistics from the Ohio State University, and holds a PhD and MPH from the University of Rochester, NY. Her research interests focus around qualitative research methods and analysis, health disparities, and social and cultural aspects of health and illness. She is responsible for the day to day activities of the Learning to Talk project. Contact her with questions about the study or participation.
Jamie Anderson is a second-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in the spring of 2013. This is her 5th semester conducting research in the Speech Research Lab. Her interests include early language intervention, motor speech disorders and dysphagia.
Sara Bernstein is a second-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. Her clinical and research interests lie primarily in the language development of children with and without communication difficulties. Sara hopes to some day work with children who have hearing loss and their families.
Cara Donohue is a second-year graduate student in the Speech Language Pathology Program. She received her B.A. in Speech Language Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota in May 2013. Her primary research and clinical interests are working with children and adults who are Deaf/hard of hearing, who stutter, and who have dysphagia. In the future, she hopes to work in a medical setting as a speech language pathologist. Her personal interests including running competitively with the University of Minnesota running club and traveling.
Courtney is a second year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. She received a BA in Spanish and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She is involved in the Bilingual and Multicultural Emphasis program at the U of M. In the past, Courtney was involved in research that used pictures to activate or deactivate gender stereotypes. She also has experience in research studying the effects of different speech therapy techniques for bilingual children with language disorders.
Rose Janecke is a first-year graduate student at the University of Minnesota majoring in the Speech-Language Pathology Program. Rose the University of Minnesota for her Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Spanish Studies, with a minor in Neuroscience. She plans to become a Speech-Language Pathologist, working primarily with bilingual children. In her free time, Rose enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and going on hikes.
Hannele Nicholson is a first-year Master’s student in the Speech-Language Pathology MA program. She has previous degrees in Linguistics where she studied the interface between disfluent language and eye gaze during conversational interaction.
Kerri Thompson is a first year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and minors in Spanish and psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She loves working in the Learning To Talk lab and aspires to work with young children as a Speech-Language Pathologist after completing her master’s degree.
Haley Webb is a first year graduate student at the University of Minnesota. Haley attended the University of Minnesota for her Bachelor's degree and is excited to continue her education at the University as a Master's student. Haley wrote her undergraduate thesis on accuracy judgments of sibilant fricatives. She is excited to continue researching in the Learning to Talk lab.
Colleen Woyach is a second-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. During her undergraduate studies, Colleen majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Saxophone Performance. At UW Madison, Colleen was an RA for the Ed Neuro Lab lead by Edward Hubbard. The Ed Neuro lab studies the intersection of education and neuroscience, focusing on the acquisition of mathematics. After graduate school, Colleen hopes to work with children as an SLP and eventually wishes to integrate music therapy into her practice. Colleen is excited to be involved in the research for the Learning to Talk Lab.
Alisha Blackman is a junior Honors student at the University of Minnesota. She is working toward a B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a minor in Mass Communication, as well as studying American Sign Language. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist and hopes to one day work with children.
Caitlyn Slawny is a senior undergraduate student double majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Spanish at the University of Minnesota. She worked at the UW-Madison Learning to Talk lab over the summer and is excited to act as a liaison between the two sites. Caitlyn hopes to broaden her knowledge about language.
Maddy is a sophmore in the SLHS undergraduate program. She is also studying Spanish and minoring in neuroscience. She hopes to attend graduate school and work with spanish speaking children and couldn't be more excited. Outside of school, Maddy loves spending time with family and friends, cooking and playing soccer.
Jackie is thrilled to be helping in the Learning to Talk Lab. She is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Speech-Language Hearing Sciences with a minor certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Outside of her coursework at the University, Jackie enjoys singing and performing, being active outdoors, and photography. Once she is a Speech Language Pathologist, Jackie hopes to work either in an elementary school with children, or at a rehabilitation center for people recovering from strokes. After graduation, Jackie plans live out her dream to travel by going abroad to Asia for a year to teach English