People

BLAB retreat, Fall 2018


Photo credit:
Zachary T. Kern
Dr. Elika Bergelson
Principal Investigator
  Dr. Bergelson is an Assistant Professor in Duke's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (personal page). Dr. Bergelson received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she first became interested in infant word-learning, after receiving research training at the University of Maryland as a Baggett Fellow, and a B.A. at NYU in Language and Mind. Her training is in psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science.
  Most recently she was a Research Professor at the University of Rochester's Brain and CogSci Department. Dr. Bergelson's work has been funded by the NSF and NIH; she is most recently the recipient of an NIH Early Independence Award.
  Dr. Bergelson thinks figuring out how babies learn language is just about the coolest question out there.
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Vitaly Bergelson
Dr. Federica Bulgarelli
Postdoctoral Researcher
  Federica recently finished a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Language Science from Penn State University (personal page). She is interested in how learners figure out what to do with variability stemming from different sources in their environment, such as different speakers or different languages.
   Federica also loves baking and traveling.
Dr. Stephan Meylan
Postdoctoral Researcher
  Stephan (personal page) splits his time between the Bergelson Lab and the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab at MIT working on computational models of language acquisition and language processing.
   He recently completed a PhD in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab at UC Berkeley, focusing on how to represent adults’ and children’s abstract knowledge of language with probabilistic graphical models.
Hallie Garrison
Lab Manager
  Hallie graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology. She moved to Boston to work in childcare for three years, where she developed an interest in infant language acquisition. Hallie likes books, bikes, and beautiful places!
Gladys Baudet
Lab Technician
  Gladys is a French engineer in computer science. After six months in Stockholm studying language engineering and six months in Paris doing computational modeling for language acquisition, she decided to start working abroad for some time.
   Gladys likes to walk, sing, and walk while singing. Sometimes she even sings while walking.
Charlotte Moore
Graduate Student
  Charlotte received a B.A. in psychology and linguistics from the University of Ottawa, and went on to do her Master's in Linguistics at the same university, continuing work she began as an undergrad on speech perception in toddlers. She is currently completing a PhD in developmental psychology at Duke.
  Charlotte is interested in how babies learn the sounds of their language, and how knowledge of those sounds helps them learn their first words. She also loves biking and knitting, and always reads the book before she watches the movie version.
Shannon Dailey
Graduate Student
  Shannon is a PhD student studying developmental psychology. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a major in psychology and a minor in music. She began working with Dr. Bergelson in 2015, first as lab manager on the SEEDLingS team at the University of Rochester, and then as the BLAB manager at Duke. Shannon’s hobbies include cooking, playing music, and complaining about how hot North Carolina is.
Erin Campbell
Graduate Student
  Erin graduated from Towson University in 2018 with a B.A. in speech language pathology, deaf studies, and disability studies. She is currently completing a Ph.D. at Duke in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience.
  Erin wants to better understand language processing and acquisition for children with sensory impairments. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, smiling (recreationally), and embroidering pictures of bugs.
Natasha Derezinski-Choo
Research Assistant
  Natasha is a junior double majoring in Linguistics and Neuroscience and minoring in French. She is interested in linguistics, cognition, and learning. At Duke, she is a Resident Assistant and serves on the executive board for Duke SWIRL. In her free time, Natasha enjoys yoga, food, and writing.
Danielle Mayorga-Young
Research Assistant
  Danielle is a junior from Colorado majoring in Neuroscience with minors in French and Chemistry. She is interested in the social and developmental impact learning multiple languages has on infants and children into adulthood.
  Danielle hopes to go to medical school after her undergraduate years at Duke, but while she still has free time, she enjoys cross-country running, reading classic novels, and going to concerts at Red Rocks.
Chandler Richards
Research Assistant
  Chandler is a senior studying Neuroscience with minors in psychology and music. She is interested in neuropsychological disorder and how this relates to childhood development. She is also interested in less traditional forms of psychological treatment, especially music therapy, and the neuroscience behind why those work.
  When she isn't working or studying, Chandler likes to hang out with her dog Eloise, experiment with cooking and baking, or spend time with her friends in Hoof 'n' Horn working on whatever current musical is being put on.
Sarah Yang
Research Assistant
  Sarah is a junior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience and Global Health. She is interested in developmental psychology and how children adapt to and interact with the complex world around them. She hopes to continue her studies in either developmental or clinical psychology as a graduate student.
  Throughout the week, you may find Sarah studying in the library, rehearsing with her dance organization Defining Movement, or teaching Sunday School at her church. She loves flowers, reading, and baking.
Katya Khlystova
Research Assistant
  Katya is a senior at Duke majoring in Chemistry and Linguistics. She is utterly fascinated by the process of language acquisition in children, as well as the cognitive processes underlying this phenomenon, and is hoping to eventually pursue a PhD in the field.
  Outside of class, Katya loves going for hikes with her dog (and marvelling at how quickly he's grown!), dancing, cooking, and learning as much as she can about the world around her.
Emma Zhang
High School Research Assistant
  Emma is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math from Davidson, NC. She is hoping to major in Neuroscience and Biology and do research in college. She loves working with children and works at a summer camp every summer as a camp counselor.
  In her free time she likes making music, drawing, making travel plans, taking photos, and adventuring with her friends.
Estelle He
Programming Research Assistant
  Estelle is a sophomore planning to double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She is interested in the language learning process at the early development stage. At Duke, Estelle is also a member of Duke Robotics Club.

Lab Alumni

  • Hannah Humayun, research assistant, 2017-2018
  • Micaela Brewington, research assistant, 2016-2018
  • Naseem Dillman-Hasso, summer research intern, 2018
  • Natasha Vernooij, summer research intern, 2018
  • Ellie Breitfeld, summer research intern, 2018
  • Webster Bei, programming research assistant, 2017-2018
  • Savanna Groft, research assistant, 2016-2018
  • Erich Hess, high school research assistant, 2018
  • Andrei Amatuni, lab technician, 2015-2018
  • Afua Ansah, research assistant, 2016-2018
  • Angela Tawfik, research assistant, 2017-2018
  • Reena Jasani, research assistant, 2016-2017
  • Alexis Aberman, high school research assistant, 2017
  • Maia Donald, high school research assistant, 2017
  • Kelsey Shelofsky, research assistant, 2017
  • Claire Patrick, high school research assistant, 2017
  • Dr. Catherine Laing, postdoctoral researcher, 2016-2017
  • Emmaline Drew, graduate practicum student, 2017
  • Hannah Ballock, research assistant and independent study student, 2016-2017
  • Ryan Bloom, programming research assistant, 2017
  • Nick Groszewski, programming research assistant, 2017
  • Liwen Zhang, programming research assistant, 2016-2017
  • Cristopher Alvarado, high school research assistant, 2016

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