Principal Investigator

Dr. Rochelle Newman

Chair, Dept. of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Associate Director, Maryland Language Science Center

Lab Manager

Emily Shroads

Lab Manager

Emily joined the Language Development Lab after graduating with a B.A. in Linguistics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Duke University in May 2015. She has been very excited to facilitate the formation of the Canine Language Perception Lab and work with dogs as well as babies! She is interested in how dogs learn words, how their experiences, biases, and approaches in learning are similar to and different from young children, and what dogs can teach us about early language development.

PhD Students

Amritha Mallikarjun

Ph.D. Student

Amritha obtained a B.S. in Cognitive Science with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the Language Development Lab in the fall of 2014, and her interest in language perception in dogs drove the formation of the CLPL in 2017. Her research focuses on dogs' representations of words and what that can tell us about infant word learning.

Other researchers

Katie Von Holzen [website]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Katie received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 2009. She received her doctoral degree in Psychology at the Georg-August-Universität-Göttingen, Germany in 2013 while working in the Free Floater Language Acquisition Research Group. Her dissertation focused on how bilingual adults and toddlers activate words from both of their languages during lexical processing. After completing her doctoral degree, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception at the Université Paris Descartes, France, While working in their BabyLab from 2014 to 2017, she investigated how infants process consonants and vowels during word learning and recognition. In November 2017, Katie joined the Language Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where she will examine how infants, toddlers, and adults begin to learn a foreign language at first exposure.

Rebecca Wolf

Post-bac Research Assistant

Rebecca obtained her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in May 2018. She has recently adopted a dog, Sherman, and is eager to learn more about her new best friend. She worked in the Language Development Lab as an undergraduate and she is excited to continue learning more about infant language development and dog language perception.

Tiara Booth

Master's Student

Tiara obtained her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in May 2017. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After completing an honors thesis in the lab as an undergraduate, she is looking forward to expanding her role in the lab as a graduate student. Her research interests include child language acquisition, speech perception in noise, and autism.

Kelly Puyear

Master's Student

Kelly obtained her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in May 2017, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She worked in the Language Development Lab as an undergraduate, and is excited to be staying as a Master’s student. Her primary research interests include speech perception in noise and bilingualism.

The Canine Language Perception Lab is also associated with the Language Development and Perception Laboratories and with the Brain Injury and Language Development Laboratory.