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Neurocognition of Language Lab


Julia Csillag worked in the lab as a Master's level student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at TC. Her background is in Linguistics and Psychology. She is interested in the neural correlates of language disorders in children, especially in populations with associated learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She is also interested in multilingualism.

Chris Lebron graduated from the Master's program in the Speech-Language Pathology program at TC. His background is in cognitive psychology and art history. Chris is interested in language acquisition, especially in regards to visuo-spatial languages such as those used by the Deaf populations of the world. He is also interested in the cognitive and neurological aspects of language processing in individuals with autism.


Melissa Randazzo is a bilingual speech-language pathologist working in NYC. After years of hands-on training in the Neurocognition of Language Lab during her graduate studies at TC, Melissa is now a research collaborator. She is currently working on two EEG studies investigating phonological involvement in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and acquired Apraxia of Speech (AOS) in adults. 

J.D. Purdy researched the acquisition of morphosyntax by second language learners. In addition, he taught English as a second language at Stevens Institute of Technology, and introductory linguistics at Teachers College. His final study in the lab explored violations of target-language phrase structure to elicit ERPs from learners who speak different native languages. Future research will focus on the interaction between verbal subcategory and the initial building of syntactic structure on the basis of word category information.

Jessica Young was a founder member of the Neurocognition of Language Lab and is now a speech-language pathologist at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, NJ, where she works in the Center for Head Injuries' Cognitive Rehabilitation Department. Jessica's research interests include the neural underpinnings of cognitive recovery after cerebral insult.