Dr. Melanie Spence
How to Participate
Join Us On
Mariah Fowler, BS
Mariah earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies at Arkansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a doctoral student in the Psychological Sciences PhD program, studying Developmental Psychology. Mariah’s research interests include infant cognition and perception, the relationship between cognitive and motor development, and infant-caregiver interaction. After completing her doctoral degree, Mariah plans to pursue an academic career.
Hannah Pourchot, MS, CCC-SLP
Hannah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a doctoral student in the Communication Disorders PhD program. Hannah is interested in the speech and language development of pediatric cochlear implant recipients. She has worked clinically as a Speech Language Pathologist with children of varying disorders and is currently completing her dissertation research project.
David Hughes is a senior at UTD majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. He plans on attending graduate school in order to obtain an Audiology Doctorate. Beyond working in the lab, David enjoys musicals, traveling, and volunteering with family and child oriented organizations.
Khadijah is a freshman at UT Dallas majoring in Neuroscience. She loves working with children and infants and joined the lab in spring of 2018. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Khadijah plans to enter medical school with aspirations to become a pediatrician. Besides academics, she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at her local religious/community center, Arabic calligraphy, and painting.
Alexandra Neenan is a senior majoring in Psychology at UTD. She began working with the Infant Learning Project during the spring 2017 semester and is passionate about working with infants and children. Her academic interests include early childhood education and early intervention methods for children with autism. After graduating in spring 2018, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Behavioral Psychology studying behavioral interventions for children with autism.
Ritika is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Biology. She has a particular interest in memory and early brain development and hopes to acquire a minor in psychology. She loves working with children and has an interest in the medical field. Therefore, after graduation, Ritika hopes to pursue a career as a Pediatrician and care for children across the globe.
Abbie is a sophomore Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major at The University of Texas at Dallas. Abbie is also involved in other organizations on campus such as the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. She plans on attending graduate school to obtain her masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and become a licensed speech pathologist.
Why Babies Like our Lab!