Principal Investigator

Scott Fraundorf

I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and a research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center. I head the MAPLE (Memory And Psycholinguistics in Learning & Education) Lab, where we investigate language processing, memory, and their interaction.
[ Scott's CV ]

Graduate Students

Caitlin Rice

I’m a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary research interests are bilingualism and adult second language learning. I am interested in the neurocognitive mechanisms of morphosyntactic processing in adult second language learners, as well as the effects of translation ambiguity, when words have multiple translations across languages.

Outside of psychology, my interests include urban planning and design and the history and architecture of the Mediterranean region. In my free time I love to travel, go to concerts, swim, run, and bike.
[ Caitlin's CV ]

Afton Kirk-Johnson

I’m a PhD student in the School of Education Applied Developmental Psychology program and a GSR at the LRDC, supervised by Dr. Brian Galla and Dr. Scott Fraundorf. I am currently working on an LRDC project focused on self-regulated learning, motivation, and the potential influence of media on learning and memory.

My doctoral advisors in the ADP program are Dr. Chris Groark, Co-Director of the Office of Child Development at Pitt, and Dr. Shannon Wanless, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Education. External to my work as a GSR, my research interests include the examination of early care and education quality (and implementation science components that can inform quality improvement) and nonparental caregiver-child relationships (including early care and education and institutional care settings). I am interested in how research, policy, and practice can work together to improve the lives of children and families at the local, state, national, and international levels.
[ Afton's CV ]

Kole Norberg

I’m a Ph.D. student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and part of the CNBC. Prior to graduate studies, I taught remedial reading and writing to adults which led me to my primary research interest in the cognitive and neural underpinnings of text and discourse processing.

Outside of research, I enjoy traveling, solving puzzles, and playing board games.

[ Kole's CV ]

Lab Coordinator

Rachel Peters

I’m a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a B.S. in Psychology and Linguistics. I'm primarily interested in syntactic processing and learning, particularly dialectal differences.

In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, watching and reading Sci-Fi and spending time with my son.

Honors Project Students

Cody Gilbert

I am a senior majoring in Psychology. After I graduating from Pitt, I plan on pursuing a PhD track. I am interested in most psychology topics and am looking to narrow my focus in the coming semesters.

In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with my friends, and watching sports.

Undergraduate Students

Sophia Lu

I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry as well as pursuing a certificate in Conceptual Foundation of Medicine. I’m on the pre-PA track, so after graduation, I hope to attend Physician Assistant school/program. I am also working as Student Behavioral Associate at WPIC.

In my free time, I would usually hang out with friends and go to the gym.

Jiayuan Ye (Joanna)

I’m a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Economics. I’m also in the A&S/Business Dual Degree Program. I don’t have a specific plan for the future yet, so I want to narrow my interests through different internships and research experiences.

In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, traveling, watching movies/shows/YouTube videos.

Sriteja Gummadi

I’m a sophmore majoring in biology with minors in Psychology and Japanese. I am part of the Dental GAP program and am, therefore, hoping to pursue a career in dentistry following my undergraduate career. In regards to research, I'm especially interested in language development/processing.

As for non-academic activities, I enjoy running, watching sports, and traveling

Lab Alumni

Laura Morett

Laura worked in the MAPLE lab from fall 2015 to spring 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher. She currently heads the Neuroscience of Education Research on Development (N.E.R.D.) Lab at the University of Alabama.

[ Laura's website ]

Rodica Constantine

Rodica was an honors student in the MAPLE lab from fall 2017 to spring 2018. She will begin attending UNLV as a Graduate student in Music Cognition in fall 2018.

Brenna Mauro

Brenna was an honors student in the MAPLE lab from spring 2017 to fall 2017. She will begin attending Shenandoah University as a Master's student in Occupational Therapy in fall 2018.

Directed Research and First Experiences in Research Student Alumni

Allison Hill, Spring 2018
Robert Hines, Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Genevieve O'Brien, Fall 2016-Spring 2018
Eva Bacas, Spring 2017-Fall 2017
Catherine Mowery, Spring 2017-Fall 2017
Alexis Hensel, Summer 2017
Sareen Ali, Summer 2017
Carmen Sepulveda, Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Anisah Rafi, Spring 2016-Summer 2016
Emalee Dauginikas, Fall 2015