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

Anna MiddletonAnna Middleton is a doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and has counseled children with dyslexia as a Reading Intervention Specialist since 2007. She earned her MA in Psychology at San Diego State University in 2010, focusing on cognitive and linguistic development, and she earned her BA in Psychology in 2006 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her current interests include the psychological and neurological mechanisms involved in specific learning disabilities, particularly dyslexia.

Julie SchneiderJulie Schneider is doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences program. She received a MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from UTD in 2013, and a BA in English with a minor in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2011. Her current research focuses on the use of Event Related Potentials and Time Frequency Analysis to better understand grammaticality errors and sentence processing in typically developing children.



Masters Students

Matthew WoodMatthew Wood is a second-year master’s student in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. He plans to earn a PhD in Neurolinguistics and pursue a career researching semantic information retrieval.




Undergraduate Students

Yvonne RalphYvonne Ralph is currently an undergraduate studying Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. She intends to continue her education as a PhD student in Communication Disorders. Her interests include the neurological and environmental aspects of language acquisition.



Asha PavuluriAsha Pavuluri is currently majoring in Neuroscience and Child Learning and Development. After graduating from UTD, she plans to go to medical school to pursue a career in pediatric psychiatry. Her research interests include the biological assumptions of psychiatric research methods as well as advancements in technology used in cogntive research.



Yvonne AbrahamYvonne Abraham is a fourth-year Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Child Development undergraduate. She is interested in pursing a master’s degree in Communication Disorders.




Candice PattisapuCandice Pattisapu received a BA in Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and a MA in Applied Linguistics at UM-Boston in 2013. She is taking coursework in Math, Cognitive Science, and Actuarial Science, and she is interested in the neural correlates of consciousness.




Jessica MeahJessica Meah is a fourth-year undergrate student in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. She hopes to continue her education to the PhD level in the field of Communication Disorders.