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Callier Postdoctoral Program

Every two years, since 2008, the Callier Postdoctoral Program admits two new Postdoctoral Fellows. The goal of the two-year program is to provide a vibrant, interactive community of researchers for the Postdocs to create an independent line of research that builds on or collaborates with one or more of the current Callier faculty. Because the program is funded through Callier’s Excellence in Education Fund Endowment, it provides the Postdocs with a great deal of flexibility in their research endeavors to advance knowledge and excellence in communication sciences and disorders.


Current Postdocs

Alyson Abel

Alyson Abel, PhD

Alyson Abel earned her PhD from the Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas where she worked with Mabel Rice. She also has clinical training, having earned an MS in Communication Sciences & Disorders. Dr. Abel’s research broadly focuses on word learning, particularly verb learning, and the relationship between word learning and other cognitive and/or linguistic variables in typical and atypical children. More specifically, her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to current questions in word learning in typical and atypical populations by combining behavioral methods with EEG techniques. The Callier Center Postdoctoral Fellowship provided Dr. Abel the opportunity to use an entirely new methodology––EEG––thus expanding on her previous training using behavioral methods to evaluate questions in word learning. In particular, this fellowship allowed her the time and opportunities to develop her own line of research that she will be able to transition to a faculty position. Website

Jun Wang

Jun Wang, PhD

Jun Wang earned his PhD in computer science with a specialty in speech production from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2011. He was then a postdoctoral researcher at Neurogenetic Communication Disorders Consortium, a joint program between University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln before he joined the Callier Center in September 2012. His research focuses on silent speech interface, articulation-to-speech synthesis, and motor speech disorders (e.g., due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The two-year Callier Postdoctoral Fellowship has allowed him to focus on his own work, including publications, grant applications, and building his independent research line. Website


Callier Postdoctoral Program Alumni: 2010

Raul Rojas

Raúl Rojas, PhD, CCC-SLP

Areas of Interest: Bilingual child language development, disorders, and processing

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders Program

University: University of Texas at Dallas


Mina Syrika

Mina Syrika, PhD

Areas of Interest: Speech acoustics and perception; phonological acquisition

Current Position: MA-SLP student, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

University: University of Minnesota


Callier Postdoctoral Program Alumni: 2008

Diane Ogiela

Diane Ogiela, PhD, CCC-SLP

Area of Interest: Using event related potentials and behavioral measures to study language development and disorders

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Speech Language Pathology

University: Idaho State University


Jennell Vick

Jennell Vick, PhD, CCC-SLP

Areas of Interest: Treatment of children and adults with severe speech sound disorders

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Psychological Sciences Program in Communication Disorders with secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

University: Case Western Reserve