Yana Pleshivoy was born in the former Russian Republic of Georgia. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Russian. Yana spent a year abroad, researching and working in orphanages and an Early Intervention institute, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Yana would like to continue her research in the Speech Production and Perception Lab. She is currently in the Teachers College Speech and Language Patholgoy program and is part of the bilingual emphasis track because she would like to work with immigrant and adopted children in the future. In her spare time, Yana likes to play tennis, Salsa dance, and learn new languages.