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Neuroscience Craft and Story Time at Ann Arbor District Library and Saline District Library

February 22, 2024


Members of our lab and the Ann Arbor Stuttering Awareness and Research Club (A2STAR) visited local libraries this February to lead children through fun and educational neuroscience activities to teach them how different parts of our brains and bodies help us speak. 

Keep reading to learn more about this event.

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Hasini Weerathunge

January 22, 2024


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Dr. Hasini Weerathunge, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about her work and interests. Hasini conducts research for the lab while learning new research techniques to hone her skills. When she's not busy with work, Hasini enjoys hot yoga and hot mugs of butterbeer as she's a life-long fan of the Harry Potter series. She also loves the great outdoors and travel.

Keep reading to learn more about Hasini and her work with the lab.

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Emily Garnett

November 20, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Dr. Emily Garnett, Research Assistant Professor in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about her work and interests. Emily conducts research and disseminates the lab's findings. She's also one of our (many) resident cat ladies! When she's not busy with work, Emily has her eyes to the skies as a birdwatcher and a hobby meteorologist.

Keep reading to learn more about Emily and her work with the lab.

Staff Spotlight: Alexis Mansour

November 15, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Alexis Mansour, Research Speech-Language Pathologist in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about her work and interests. Alexis assists in collecting speech-language data for our lab and oversees our mobile research and community outreach program. When she's not busy with work, she enjoys singing, antiquing, and traveling.  

Keep reading to learn more about Alexis and her work with the lab.

Speech Neurophysiology Lab event featured in The Michigan Daily

October 23, 2023


Writers from The Michigan Daily attended and reported on our lab's recent event, An Evening with John Hendrickson: Making Peace with a Stutter. Whether you missed the event or just want a refresher on the great conversation between John Hendrickson and Dr. Soo-Eun Chang, we encourage you to read the full Michigan Daily article where the writers shared important takeaways from the evening.

Click here to read the full article.

An Evening with John Hendrickson: Making Peace with a Stutter

September 25, 2023


We are excited to share that our lab is hosting a special event next month with John Hendrickson, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of the memoir, Life on Delay: Making Peace With a Stutter.

Please join us on October 19th for this can't-miss conversation between John and Speech Neurophysiology Lab Director, Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D. Together, they will explore profound insights into John’s experience with stuttering and look ahead to the future of stuttering research and neuroscience-based treatments.

Keep reading to learn more about this event.

Staff Spotlight: Megan Sheppard

July 13, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Megan Sheppard, a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about her work and interests. Megan gathers and analyzes speech-language data for our lab and loves working directly with our study participants and their families. She even rides along in our mobile research van, providing free speech-language screenings to children in our community. Her not-so-secret talent is portrait photography, and she often creates memorable photos for her family and friends.

Keep reading to learn more about Megan and her work with the lab.

A day in the life with Research Specialist Nick Mularoni

May 23, 2023


Have you ever wondered what it's like to spend a day working in our lab? Nick Mularoni, our very own Research Specialist, was featured in Michigan Medicine Headlines for Better Hearing and Speech Month. Check out the article profiling his work and learn more about a day in his life! (hint: scones are essential)

Click here to read the full article.

Staff Spotlight: Lucas Campbell

May 17, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Lucas Campbell, Research Assistant in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about his work and interests. Lucas is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and joined the lab this spring. He assists in running and collecting data in our EEG studies. Lucas currently plans to pursue medical school for psychiatry in the future. He's also big on taking road trips to explore new places!

Keep reading to learn more about Lucas and his work with the lab.

New paper finds brain activity differences associated with stuttering

May 10, 2023


Our new publication, Brain activity during the preparation and production of spontaneous speech in children with persistent stuttering was published in the latest issue of NeuroImage: Clinical.

Working in collaboration with Dr. Ho Ming Chow at the University of Delaware, the paper reports new findings on brain activity differences between children who stutter and those who don’t.

Congratulations to the authors, Ho Ming Chow, Emily O. Garnett, Nan Bernstein Ratner, and Soo-Eun Chang!

Keep reading to learn more about this study and its findings.

Staff Spotlight: Alan Kay

May 1, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Alan Kay, Research Assistant in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about his work and interests. Alan assists the lab with fMRI scans and completing preprocessing of data. Alan’s future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in bioinformatics. He's also an avid soccer player!

Keep reading to learn more about Alan and his work with the lab.

Staff Spotlight: Fiona Höbler

April 15, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Fiona Höbler, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about her work and interests. Fiona's research interests include the neurocognitive processes that support communication and motor learning and how these can influence developmental and treatment outcomes. Her personal interests include running and spending time outdoors. She's also a terrific baker, as our team can attest!

Keep reading to learn more about Fiona and her work with the lab.

New paper identifies key brain changes associated with stuttering

March 21, 2023


Are there structural differences in the brains of children who stutter? What about as they grow up? 

We sought the answers to these questions (and more) in our latest paper, Brain developmental trajectories associated with childhood stuttering persistence and recovery, published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Congratulations to the authors, Ho Ming Chow, Emily O. Garnett, Simone P.C. Koenraads, and Soo-Eun Chang!

Keep reading to learn more about this study and its findings.

Staff Spotlight: Stephany Daniel

March 1, 2023


Get to know our team!  

We interviewed Stephany Daniel, Communications Specialist in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about her work and interests. Stephany joined the lab in January 2023 and leads marketing efforts with the goal of increasing awareness of research studies and educating the public about stuttering. She's also one of the lab's resident cat ladies (meow).

Keep reading to learn more about Stephany and her work with the lab.

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