Mandy Maguire, PhDMandy J Maguire, PhD

Dr. Maguire's research interests include studying children's typical language development through behavioral and electrophysiological responses. Her primary goal is to study the neurological underpinnings of typical language development as a foundation for better understanding language disorders and delays. To learn more about the current research in the lab, see our "Studies" page. For a list of Dr. Maguire's publications, see "Publications."

Dr. Maguire received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Penn State University where she focused on cognition and development. Following a year as a research assistant in Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, she began the Developmental Psychology PhD program at Temple University. There she worked with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek studying semantic development in children, focusing primarily on verb learning. In her dissertation she identified various cues that children use to learn new verbs, and then extended that work with English speaking children to those learning Japanese and Spanish. Dr. Maguire then returned to her work in cognitive neuroscience during a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Louisville in the Developmental Neuroscience Lab where her primary work included collecting data for a longitudinal study of early EEG markers of later reading disabilities. Since starting at The University of Texas at Dallas her work has worked to combine behavioral and neurolinguistic techniques to better understand typical language development.

Doctoral Students

Tina MelamedTina Melamed Tina Melamed is a doctoral student in the communication sciences and disorders program. She completed her BA in Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and her MS in speech language-pathology from Texas Christian University in 2016. She worked as a speech language pathologist in the largest public school district in Texas before coming to UTD to work on her PhD. Her research interests include treatment of language impairment in school-aged children and understanding the underlying cognitive processes that contribute to language development and use in children with and without language impairments.

Sonali PoudelSonali Poudel is a doctoral student in the communication sciences and disorders program. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan College, Macon, GA in 2015. Following this, she worked as a lab manager in the Neuroscience of Language Lab at George Washington University for a year. Her research interests include understanding the cognitive and neural correlates of language development in children with varied language experience.

Yvonne RalphYvonne Ralph is a doctoral student in the psychological sciences program. She completed her BS in speech-language pathology & audiology and MS in applied cognition and neuroscience here at UTD. She is interested in understanding developmental differences in how children use language. She also studies the influence of environmental factors on cognitive strategies contributing to mental rotation abilities based on gender and SES. Her long term goal is to increase and promote representation and engagement of women and children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Undergraduate Students

Ayesha AliAyesha Ali is a junior double majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology and child learning and development. Her fascination with neurolinguistics, love for children, and will to help others is what put her on the path to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She is really interested in working at a hospital as an SLP and hopes to open her own clinic in the future.

Kate BerinhoutKate Berinhout is currently a senior, double majoring in psychology and child learning and development. She hopes to get a PhD in developmental psychology and to eventually work in education.

Stephanie CastroStephanie Castro is a junior child learning and development major at UTD, soon to be a double major in CLDP and psychology. She plans on continuing her education by going to graduate school and hopes to develop a career in research.

Rachel DonovanRachel Donovan is a junior double-majoring in speech language pathology & audiology and child learning and development. Her goals are to complete a master’s degree in communication sciences and eventually work with elementary level children in a clinical setting.

Charles FranznickCharles Franznick is a junior cognitive science and psychology double major with a minor in asian studies. He’s interested in pursuing linguistics after graduation. Outside of the lab, he spends his time serving as Captain of the UTD Fencing Club and as a Sound Captain for FOCUS.

Steve KamauSteve Kamau is a senior healthcare studies major and a psychology minor. He enjoys playing basketball, poetry, and traveling His goal is to pursue his MD and specialize in either neurosurgery or psychiatry.

Alec ManningAlec Manning is a junior psychology major on the pre-health track. His goal is to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist.

Analia MarzorattiAnalia Marzoratti is a junior neuroscience and psychology major from South Carolina that loves anything to do with learning, the brain, and books. She wants to go on to get her PhD in cognitive psychology to help streamline the creation of learning plans and interventions in early childhood education for kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Zach McDonaldZach McDonald is a senior majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology. He plans on going to graduate school and would like to pursue a career in research.

David MikhailDavid Mikhail is a junior neuroscience major with a minor in child learning and development. He intends to get his MD to practice pediatric neurology and conduct clinical research concerning brain development and youth sports.

Anna Polk-TylerAnna Polk-Tyler is a senior, majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology. She hopes to continue her education by obtaining her masters degree in speech language pathology. After that she hopes to work with children in a school setting.

Swarna RadhakrishnanSwarna Radhakrishnan is a senior majoring in speech language pathology & audiology at UT Dallas. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she plans to pursue a master?s degree in communication disorders and work as a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist with geriatric patients to begin with, then eventually experience all fields that are open to SLPs!

Hollis RatliffHollis Ratliff is a senior neuroscience major at UT Dallas. In addition to her work in the lab, she plays the violin in the UT Dallas String orchestra and runs for the cross-country team.

Vyom RavalVyom Raval is a senior neuroscience major at UTD. He is particularly fascinated by neurolinguistics, and hopes to pursue a career that intertwines both clinical medicine and neuroscience research.

Manjushree ShanmugasundaramManjushree Shanmugasundaram is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in biochemistry. Some of her favorite things to do are playing tennis and spending time with friends. She has always enjoyed working with kids and hope to use this passion as a doctor in the future.

Emma TharpEmma Tharp is a senior majoring in neuroscience with a minor in philosophy. Medical school is where her short term aspirations lie. Her long term dream involves carrying out a fruitful career as a doctor for as long as a hospital will have her! But alongside all of this, she plans on whittling away at an ever-growing reading list, remaining true to her bibliophilic nature.



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