I-LABS Research & Institute Staff

Staff members play key roles in conducting all aspects of I-LABS’ research and in providing support for the infrastructure of the Institute.

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Research Scientists

Dario Cvencek, Ph.D.

Dr. Cvencek is a Research Scientist working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Before coming to the Institute, he earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of Washington, working with Tony Greenwald. Dr. Cvencek...

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Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Ph.D.

Dr. Garcia-Sierra is a Research Scientist working on studies of early language acquisition in bilingual infants. Before coming to the Institute he earned a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Texas...

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Lotus Jo-Fu Lin, Ph.D.

Dr. Lin is a Research Scientist working in the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center. She received her PhD in Speech & Hearing Sciences.  Her research interests are in examining the brain linkages between language...

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Rey Ramirez, Ph.D.

Rey Ramírez is a Research Scientist in the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University with minors in Psychology and Philosophy, and...

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Myles Reilly

Myles is a Research Scientist at the I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center. He received his B.S. from Weber State University. Before coming to I-Labs he was an Electronics Engineer at the University of Utah Magnetic Source...

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Jeff Stevenson

Jeff Stevenson is a Research Scientist, specializing in MRI. Stevenson has 15 years clinical and 10 years of research experience applying state-of-the-art imaging and analysis methods to elucidate neural development in...

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Research Staff

Justin Abernethy

Justin obtained a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and has over seven years of subsequent research experience. Before joining the CCDL, Justin worked as the Research Coordinator of the Center for...
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Sahar Attar

Sahar Attar graduated from the university of Washington in 2009 with a degree in Linguistics and physics. She has been teaching and tutoring math for the past few years and the experience of teaching has been...

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Linda Chau

Linda Chau will be graduating from the University of Washington in June 2013 with a double degree in Psychology and Biochemistry. As a lab manager and a research assistant for Dr. Rechele Brooks in the Joint Visual...

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Sharon Coffey-Corina

Ms. Coffey-Corina, currently working at the University of California-Davis, also continues her work in the Kuhl lab with extensive training and experience as an event-related potentials (ERP) technician, and special...

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Cary Dubinsky

Mr. Dubinsky is currently working on his Bachelors degree in Information Technology through Western Governor’s University. Cary joined I-LABS in 2013 to assist Justin Reichel with the high demand for desktop/sever...

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Calle Fisher

Ms. Fisher earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Oregon. Since 1979, she has administered developmental tests and conducted internet research in Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff's lab. Her area...

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Linden Hale

Linden Hale graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a lab manager and a research assistant for Dr. Rechele Brooks in the Joint Visual Attention Lab, Linden...

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Craig Harris

Mr. Harris has a masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington. He oversees research in Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff's lab studying early development, including studies on imitation,...

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Dawn Hathaway

Ms. Hathaway received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Seattle University and previously worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She handles recruitment and scheduling of research subjects and...

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Katherine Ingle

Katherine Ingle is the lab coordinator and a research assistant for LABS^N and Dr KC Lee. She graduated in 2008 with a degree in aerospace engineering from MIT and before coming to I-LABS spent four years in the US Air...

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Lindsey Kishline

Lindsey recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Hoping to apply to graduate school in the upcoming year, she is working on an auditory divided attention...

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Rachel Lee

Ms. Lee graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2013, with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Her main focus as a research assistant in Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl’s lab is to help investigate...

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Craig Maddox

Mr. Maddox works in Dr. Andrew Meltzoff's lab as a Research Study Assistant for Dr. Dario Cvencek. He received a B.A. in secondary education in mathematics and physics from Western Michigan University in 2010. Craig...

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Joy Mendoza

Ms. Mendoza graduated from the University of Washington in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Global Health. As a research assistant for Dr. Anna Waismeyer in Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff's...

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Nicole Miles

Ms. Miles graduated in 2011 from the University of Edinburgh with a master’s degree in the Evolution of Language and Cognition. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. As a...

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Julia Mizrahi

Ms. Mizrahi supports studies of speech processing in infants and young children using a variety of methods including brain imaging technology. She recruits and schedules families for various research studies, as well as...

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Denise Padden

Ms. Padden has a masters in Audiology from the UW and works in Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl's lab. Using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques such as head-turn and event-related potentials (ERPs), she investigates the...

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Dean Pospisil

Dean Pospisil joined the lab in 2012 after graduating from Pitzer College with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Studio Art. His undergraduate neuroscience research focused on how mouth movements influence sound...
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Justin Reichel

Mr. Reichel graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Informatics and currently oversees Core Research Computing at the Institute. CRC enhances research activities at I-LABS with services ranging from...

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Abigail Spear

Ms. Spear graduated from Pitzer College in 2011, with a double major in psychology and media studies. Her main job as a research assistant in Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl’s Lab is to support ongoing studies using brain...

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Pat Stock

Ms. Stock manages research grants and assists with studies supported by these grants in the Speech Research Laboratory, from scheduling subjects to assisting with ERP, MRI, and behavioral studies. She has experience in...

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Garrett Thomas

Garrett is a 2008 graduate from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Since then, he has been working for the Department of the Navy as an electronics/internal communications engineer...

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Liv Wroblewski

Liv Wroblewski is a research technician at I-LABS working to perfect the infant template project, which will improve MRI and MEG registration of child subjects. She also performs DTI and MEG analysis for various...

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Outreach Staff

Lindsay Klarman

Lindsay Klarman is an Outreach Specialist with the Translation, Outreach, and Education division. In addition, she also assists with ERP studies and behavioral techniques, such as the preferential-looking paradigm and...

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Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Ph.D.

Dr. Roseberry Lytle is Director of the Translation, Outreach & Education division at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. As part of the I-LABS Outreach division, Sarah has presented and communicated...

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Naja Ferjan Ramirez, Ph.D.

Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is an Outreach specialist with the Translation, Outreach, & Education Division. As part of the I-LABS Outreach division, Naja focuses on disseminating scientific findings about language and...

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Elizabeth Zack, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Zack is an Outreach Specialist with the Translation, Outreach, & Education division of I-LABS. Before coming to the Institute, she earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Georgetown...

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NSF LIFE Center Staff

Bryan Chee

Mr. Chee is Executive Manager of the NSF-funded LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments), a Science of Learning Center, which is a collaboration among I-LABS, UW College of Education, Stanford...

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Administrative Staff

Laura Baumwall

Laura Baumwall is the Advancement Coordinator at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, a position she has held since 2010. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating advancement activities, events...
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Susan Brower

Susan Brower oversees finances of the Institute, and has a long history with and commitment to research at the UW. She brings to I-LABS a decade of financial management experience at the University, in which she has...
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Sandra Schumann

Sandra Schumann is the Associate Director of Advancement for I-LABS. In her role Sandra is responsible for engaging stakeholders in meaningful interactions that foster pride, advocacy and private support for I-LABS....
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Kelly Scott

Ms. Scott graduated from the University of Washington in 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. As a research assistant and lab manager for Dr. Betty Repacholi’s Social and Emotional...

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Erica (Riki) Stevens

In her capacity as Assistant Director of the Institute, Ms. Stevens runs the day-to-day operations, works closely with the Co-Directors, facilitates the work of Institute scientists, manages the staff, and acts as...

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