Language, Intersensory Perception, & Speech (LIPS) Lab

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst

People

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). CV

Contact: Office 433 Tobin Hall; ajesse at psych dot umass dot edu

Current Lab Members

Graduate Researchers

Elina Kaplan
is a graduate student in Neuroscience & Behavior doctoral program whose research interests are focused on multimodal processing and selective attention.

 

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Kelsey Akin 
is double majoring in Linguistics with a concentration in Psychology and Communication Disorders. She also is the producer of UMass’ premier long form improv troupe, Toast! Improv. After graduation, she plans of pursuing her masters degree in Speech Pathology and working with older adults.

 

 

Renée Clark  
is a junior studying Communication Disorders with minors in Psychology and Linguistics. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school for her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology working with children in a hospital setting.

 

 

Rachel Combs 
is majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. After graduating she plans to attend Graduate school to get her doctorate in Audiology. Rachel hopes to start her own pediatric audiology practice one day.

 

 

Emily Gardner 
is majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Spanish and Psychology. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school to obtain her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She hopes to one day work with children as a Speech Therapist.

 

 

Anarose Hogan 
is majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in education. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school for her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. 

 

 

 

Anna Kohlberg 
is double majoring in Communication Disorders and Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school for a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.

 

 

Alexa Livingstone  
is studying Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. She is also a distance runner for the UMass Cross Country and Track Team. After she completes her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.

 

 

Bhavya Pant
is a Linguistics and Journalism double major. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Linguistics. 

 

 

 

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, Renee Clark, Rachel Combs, Deanna Ferrante, Alexander Fine, Hannah Franz, Kelly Fuller, John Gallagher, Emily Gardner, Sarah Hammond, Anarose Hogan, Lauren Hourican, Joanna Kalucki, Melissa Karp, Smriti Karwa, 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, Robert Moura, Grace Murray, Bridget North, Timothy Noonan, Charlotte Olson, Bhavya Pant, Amanda Orlando, Sarabeth Parent, Anna Paterson, Kara Rancourt, Alexander Roll, Paul Saba, Megan Sorel, Christina Steinmann, Megan Stoutenburgh, Gabrielle St. Pierre, Noah Sullivan

Postbac Researchers

Dominique Simmons, Bernadette Ojukwu

Graduate Students

Sarah Laakso, David Kajander, Elina Kaplan, Jessica Rhodes, Patrick v.d. Zande

 

 

 

 

 

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