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 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 Cognitive... Read more

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 tremendously... Read more

Linda Chau

Linda Chau graduated 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 Attention Lab,... Read more

Sharon Coffey-Corina

Ms. Coffey-Corina works in the Kuhl lab, and has extensive training and experience as an event-related potentials (ERP) technician, and special expertise in testing children and special populations. She received her... Read more

Jamie Dolquist

Jamie graduated from the University of Washington in 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a research assistant for Dr. Tal-Chen Rabinowitch in Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff’s lab, she aids in the... Read more

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 in the IT department with an increasing demand for desktop... Read more

Alison Farley

Alison Farley is a Research Assistant for Dr. Tal-Chen Rabinowitch in Dr. Andrew Meltzoff's lab examining music and empathy in young children. Dr. Farley also works as a Lecturer in the School of Music at the University... Read more

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 of... Read more

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 assists... Read more

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, intention... Read more

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 other... Read more

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 Force... Read more

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 study in... Read more

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 the... Read more

Craig Maddox

Mr. Maddox is a utility player in Dr. Andrew Meltzoff's lab, bringing his undergraduate training in Education, Mathematics and Physics from Western Michigan University to bear as a Research Study Assistant. Craig is the... Read more

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 lab,... Read more

Nicole Miles

Ms. Miles is a research assistant in Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl’s lab, primarily supporting infant speech and music processing studies using brain imaging technology. Ms. Miles has experience working with infants and young... Read more

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... Read more

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 effects... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

Spencer Sherwin

Ms. Sherwin graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. As a research assistant in Dr. Patricia Kuhl's lab, Spencer assists ongoing studies using MEG, MRI, and ERP... Read more

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... Read more

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. His... Read more

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... Read more

Research Scientists

Alexis Bosseler, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexis Bosseler is a research scientist at the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences and research fellow at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki. She received her BA in developmental... Read more

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’... Read more

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 at... Read more

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 received... Read more

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 Imaging... Read more

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 the... Read more

Kambiz Tavabi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tavabi is a research scientist working with Dr. Patricia Kuhl on studies of speech and language neuroscience in infants. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignal Analysis... Read more

Institute Staff

Jane Huang

Jane Huang is a Financial Analyst at I-LABS. In this role, she practices budget administration including monthly reports and financial projections, forecasts fiscal needs, and provides grant & contract analysis. Jane... Read more

Kimberly Madden

Kimberly Madden is the Advancement Coordinator for I-LABS. In her role she provides support to the Associate Director of Advancement and assists in advancing private fundraising efforts. Kim also works to connect and steward... Read more

Molly McElroy, Ph.D.

Molly McElroy is the Communications & Marketing Manager for I-LABS. She translates the Institute’s research findings into stories accessible to a wide audience, creates and curates content for the I-LABS website,... Read more

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. Before... Read more

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... Read more

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 liaison... Read more