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 recent 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

Brenna Mauro

I’m a undergraduate junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary research interests relate to cognitive development. I hope to study Occupational Therapy and work with developmentally-delayed children.

In my free time I enjoy painting, hiking and camping.

Undergraduate Students

Genevieve O'Brien

I’m a junior here at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Psychology and Economics. After I graduate from Pitt, I hope to attend graduate school and further my knowledge in these fields. My primary interests in research are language development and processing.

Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, writing, and spending time with my friends.

Alexis Hensel

I’m a junior in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences majoring in Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Linguistics and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. After I graduate, I plan to return to school and earn a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and one day work with children.

In my free time, I enjoy drinking coffee and spending time around the city.

First Experiences in Research Students

Eva Bacas

I’m a freshman majoring in Linguistics and hoping to double major in International and Area Studies on the Global Studies track. I hope to go to graduate school and one day go into research.

Outside of school, I enjoy sleeping, watching movies, and spending too much time on Wikipedia.

Catherine Mowery

I’m a freshman here at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Linguistics and History. One day I hope to go on to some sort of graduate school and into research in some capacity.

In my free time, I enjoy knitting, choreographing dances, and spending time with my friends, family, and pets

Lab Alumni

Laura Morett

I’m a soon-to-be Assistant Professor in the Educational Neuroscience Initiative in the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama. At UA, I will direct the NERD (Neuroscience of Education Research on Development) Lab, where we will investigate the neural bases of gesture’s impact on typical and atypical language processing and learning across development, focusing in particular on second language learning and autism spectrum disorder.

Laura worked in the MAPLE lab from fall 2015 to spring 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher.

[ Laura's website ]   [ Laura's CV ]

Carmen Sepulveda

Carmen worked as an undergraduate researcher in the lab from fall 2016 to spring 2017.