Mandy 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.
Michael Lopez is the current Lab Coordinator for the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab. He received a BA in Psychology and Anthropology from Florida International University in 2015. He plans to continue his education with a Masters degree focusing on Language Development and Learning in school aged children.
Anna 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 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.
Yvonne Ralph is a doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences program. She completed her BS in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology here at UTD. She is interested in understanding developmental differences in how children use language, based on their gender.
Sonali 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.
Sydney Dunnam is currently working to earn an MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. After that, she intends to obtain another Masters in Counseling Psychology. Her ultimate goal is to become a therapist and work for the organization Doctors Without Borders.
Hatty Lara is a first-year master’s student in the Psychological Sciences program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Texas at El Paso. She hopes to become a Clinical Psychology or Developmental Psychology PhD student.
Charissa Tran is a senior Neuroscience and Sociology major. She plans to pursue either a career in medicine or psychology, working with children/adolescents who have experienced developmental difficulties due to abuse.
Rachel Snyder is a senior Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major with a minor in Neuroscience. In addition to her work in the lab, she is a UT Dallas campus tour guide and the captain of an intramural soccer team.
Tasnia Miah is a junior completing her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. She will continue her education to the graduate level where she will major in Communication Disorders. Ultimately, she would like to dedicate much of her career to foreign outreach programs.
Henry Quezada is a senior in the Neuroscience undergraduate program. After graduating this fall, he plans to apply to Graduate school to continue studying neuroscience and memory.
Caroline Calabrese is a fourth-year Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Child Learning and Development undergraduate. She intends to pursue a Master of Science degree.
High School Students
Ritika Dendi is a junior in high school. She is interested in the field of medicine and neurology and plans to go to medical school.