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 she has worked to combine behavioral and neurolinguistic techniques to better understand typical language development.

Doctoral Students

Anna FitzhughAnna Fitzhugh is a doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She achieved certification as a Certified Academic Language Therapist in 2012, and has worked with children with dyslexia as a Reading Intervention Specialist since 2007. She earned her M.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University in 2010, with an emphasis in cognitive and linguistic development, and earned a B.A. 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 M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from UTD in 2013, and a B.A. 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.


Undergraduate Students

Asha PavuluriAsha Pavuluri is currently majoring in Neuroscience and plans to double major in Child Learning and Development. After graduating from UTD, she wants to apply to medical school and pursue a career in pediatric psychiatry. She is interested in both the clinical and therapeutic methods of psychiatry. So, she hopes to learn more about the development and advancement of the technical, as well as the biology behind various psychiatric methods.


Nikita Tangella Nikita Tangella is a current undergraduate student at UT Dallas studying Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. After graduating from UT Dallas, she intends to apply to Medical School and specialize in Neurology.




Stephanie Hocson Stephanie Hocson is an undergraduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Child Learning & Development. She hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.



Yvonne RalphYvonne Ralph is currently an undergraduate studying Speech Pathology. She hopes to go on to earn her PhD in Communication Disorders. Her interests include the neurological and environmental aspects of language acquisition.



Adriana RibeiroAdriana Ribeiro is a senior at UTD pursuing a bachelors in communication sciences and disorders . She plans to attend graduate school at UTD for speech language pathology. Her interests are in child language disorders and associated learning disabilities, autism and aphasia.



Mahi Quadir is a neuroscience major at UT Dallas with interests in language development. He hopes to attend medical school upon graduation.

Lab Alumni

Alyson Abel, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences at SDSU. Dr. Abel served as a postdoctoral faculty member at UTD. Her research interests are in word learning, specifically verb learning, and interactions between verb learning and other linguistic areas in typically developing children and children with specific language impairment.

Lynda J. Sides, PhD completed her PhD from UTD in 2014 and her research interests the electrophysiological investigation of neural signatures accompanying word class representation in the cerebrum.

Angela Kim (Graduate student at UT Dallas)

Fizza Naqvi (Medical school student at Texas Tech University)

Amanda Lewis (Graduate student at Iowa State University)

Tehila Nugiel

Margarita Ventura

Ramya Chagarlamudi (Current undergraduate at McGill University)

Jagger McCord (Current undergraduate at UT Dallas)

Allison Gardner (Employed by UT Southwestern)

Ann Kennedy (Graduate student at UT Dallas)

Linh Trieu (Current undergraduate at UT Dallas)