Principal Investigator

Katie Schuler

Katie is an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her B.A. in Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She is pictured here with her daughters Joan (5) and Dory (9 months).


Lab Manager

Madison Paron

Madison earned her B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. She is interested in neurolingistics, specifically evaluating the processes underlying the acquisition of verbal and signed languages. Outside of research, Madison enjoys skiing and spending time with her family.

Graduate Students

Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen is a fifth-year PhD student in the Child Language Lab. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology, Child Studies and French from Vanderbilt University. She is interested in various topics in psycholinguistics and language acquisition, particularly the acquisition of linguistic variation. In her free time, Yiran enjoys making music and food.

Daoxin is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics. Before coming to Penn, she earned her BA in English Language from Tsinghua University. She uses various methods to investigate the acquisition of linguistic generalizations: How do learners identify the regular rules in their language in the presence of irregular items? How do they make use of the input data available to them? Why do children seem to be better at learning the rules than adults?

Research Assistants

Tula is a senior Psychology major with double minors in African American and Legal Studies at the University of San Francisco. She is a Teaching Assistant for American Sign Language and a research assistant in the Child Language Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cynthia is a senior at Penn studying Cognitive Science. 

Abby Ray

Abby is a senior at Penn studying Cognitive Science and pursuing a master’s in linguistics. Her main interests are mental lexicon and sociolinguistics. She's also the creative director of Quake Magazine and likes to build gundams and sing to her cat.

Milana Korobko

Milana is a junior at Penn studying Psychology. She is interested in language acquisition, autism spectrum disorder, and self-regulation in child development. 

Nina Wang

Nina is a freshman at Penn studying Linguistics and Political Science. She is interested in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and historical linguistics. 

Zaid Tabaza

 Zaid is a junior at Penn studying Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computation and Cognition. He is interested in language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics. In his free time, he enjoys going on long walks and exploring vegan restaurants.

Mia Schwartzberg

Mia is a sophomore at Cornell University studying Human Development with a minor in American Sign Language. She is interested in language acquisition and adolescent development. In her free time, Mia is a part of an a cappella group and enjoys going on walks with her dog, Frankie.

Lab Alumni

Research assistants

Alessandra Pintado-Urbanc

Ariel Mathis
Lauren Kim
Amy Krimm
Katarina Siggelkow
Aja Altenhof
Anna Alberski
Iris Zhong
Annalise Kendrick
Stefan Pophristic
Madison Reasnor
Nathaniel Serio
Breasia Scott
Dorina Domi
Ayyah Alhuraibi
Jasmine Raj
Madison Connelly
Jessica Burke

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