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Alexandra Jesse (PI) 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Communication Disorders & Department of Linguistics
Faculty Member in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program

Dr. Jesse investigates how humans recognize speech from hearing and seeing a speaker. She has received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005. She then worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands, before joining the UMass faculty in 2010. Dr. Jesse is also an Executive Board member of the Auditory-Visual Speech Association (AVISA).

Contact: Office 433 Tobin Hall; ajesse@psych.umass.edu

Current Lab Members

Graduate Researchers

Yun Zou

Yun is a Ph.D. student in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. His research interests include Chinese visual character/word recognition, spoken word identification, and auditory-visual speech perception.

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Ashley Agostinelli

Ashley is a double major in Psychology and Linguistics with a minor in Chinese. After graduating, she plans to attend to Law School.

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Tess Ancipink

Tess is majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

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Bella Cerulle [Lab Manager]

Bella is majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology with minors in German and Psychology. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Ph.D in Linguistics.

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Marissa Gallan [Media Specialist]

Marissa is majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Education. After graduating, she intends to pursue a doctoral degree in Audiology.

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Sam Melo

Sam is a double major in Communication Disorders and Psychology. After graduating, she intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Rebecca Pacheco

Rebecca is majoring in Communication Disorders and Psychology. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Masters’ degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Erica Paille

Erica is a double major in Communication Disorders and Psychology. After graduating, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Collaborators at other institutions (current and past)

Margriet Groen – Lancaster University, UK
Khalil Iskarous University of Southern California
Esther Janse – Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Elizabeth Johnson – University of Toronto at Mississauga

Ying-Yee Kong – formerly at Northeastern University
Dom Massaro – University of California, Santa Cruz
James McQueen – Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition & Behavior, Centre for Cognition, and Behavioral Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Rochelle Newman – University of Maryland, College Park
Dennis Norris – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK
Lynne Nygaard – Emory University, Atlanta
Mike Page – University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, UK
Andrea Weber – University of Tuebingen, Germany

LIPS lab alumni

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kelsey Akin, Christopher Baron, Michael Bartoli, Emilee Bates, Ashley Boulanger, Jessica Bowe, Chantel Brennan, Emmaline Brown, Katherine DeVane Brown, Sarah Bryand, Jessica Buell, Renee Clark, Rachel Combs, Jeremy Doiron, Deanna Ferrante, Alexander Fine, Hannah Franz, Kelly Fuller, John Gallagher, Emily Gardner, Olivia Giles, Sarah Hammond, Anarose Hogan, Lauren Hourican, Allison Janineh, Joanna Kalucki, Melissa Karp, Smriti Karwa, Greis Kasofo, Alexander Kinney, Sarah Kneip, Anna Kohlberg, Austin Kopack, Sarah Laakso, Anna Lam, Emma Leahey, Joshua Levin, Alexa Livingstone, Justine Loi, Victoria Lord, Lauren Lyon, Benjamin McLaughlin,Alexis Melvin, Andre Michalowski, Annika Monkarsh, Thomas Morton, Robert Moura, Grace Murray, Thanh-Ai Nguyen, Bridget North, Timothy Noonan, Charlotte Olson, Bhavya Pant, Amanda Orlando, Sarabeth Parent, Anna Paterson, Kara Rancourt, Alexander Roll, Paul Saba, Yuhan Shao, Megan Sorel, Christina Steinmann, Megan Stoutenburgh, Gabrielle St. Pierre, Noah Sullivan.

Postbac Researchers

Dominique Simmons, Bernadette Ojukwu

Graduate Student Researchers

Bethany Dickerson, Len Jacobs, David Kajander, Elina Kaplan, Sarah Laakso, Jessica Rhodes, Patrick v.d. Zande

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