Principal Investigator

Scott Fraundorf

I'm an associate 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

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 web page ]

Doug Getty

I’m a Ph.D. student at Pitt in the Cognitive Psychology program. My research interests are in the processing of variability in language and using speaker knowledge during processing. Currently I am examining how listeners' comprehension systems process syntactic structure in non-native speakers. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, biking, cooking, and going to concerts.
[ Doug's web page ]

Undergraduate Directed Research Students

Catie Apgar

I’m a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, with planned minors in Chemistry and Linguistics. I am currently planning to attend graduate school and pursue a career in research and higher education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and exploring Pittsburgh.

Lydia Boyer

I'm a current sophomore at the University of Pittsburg majoring in Health and Rehabilitation Science with planned minors in Dance, History, and Chemistry. I am planning to attend medical school post undergrad to pursue a career in medicine, specifically, dermatology. I also hope to continue to teach dance and choreograph after college. In my free time I enjoy taking dance classes, journaling, and playing piano

Melody Jin

I am a senior Pitt undergrad student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Korean. I am interested in counselling psychology and hoping to be a counselor in the future. I also consider researching as a great thing to do as a career. In my free time, I love traveling, playing the piano and guitar, and watching Korean variety shows.

Lauren Zaslow

I'm a junior Psychology student minoring in Economics with a certificate in Corporate and Community Relations. Although I do not have a specific career goal, I am interested in the intersection of marketing and psychology. Outside of being a student, I love to play tennis, cook, and travel.

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 ]

Connie Qun Guan

Connie is a full professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China. She visited the lab as a Sino-US Fullbright Scholar sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Caitlin Rice

Caitlin was a Ph.D. student in Natasha Tokowicz's PLUM Lab who also worked with us in the MAPLE Lab. She is now a speech scientist with Amazon.

Afton Kirk-Johnson

Afton is a PhD student in the School of Education Applied Developmental Psychology program who worked as a Graduate Student Researcher from summer 2016 to summer 2018.

Rachel Peters

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and Linguistics. She worked as lab coordinator from summer 2016 to summer 2018.

Cody Gilbert

Cody was an honors student in the MAPLE Lab from fall 2018 to spring 2019. He began attending SUNY Albany as a graduate student in social psychology in fall 2019.

Rodica Constantine

Rodica was an honors student in the MAPLE Lab from fall 2017 to spring 2018. She began attending UNLV as a graduate student in cognitive psychology in fall 2018.

Brenna Mauro

Brenna was an honors student in the MAPLE Lab from spring 2017 to fall 2017. She began attending Shenandoah University as a Master's student in occupational therapy in fall 2018.

Directed Research and First Experiences in Research Student Alumni

Irene Tandoc, Spring 2020
Brett Soltysiak, Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Suzy Wan, Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Angela Tanygin, Fall 2018-Spring 2020
Dongxiao Li, Spring 2019-Fall 2019
Chu Jiang, Spring 2019-Summer 2019
Alan Lu, Summer 2018-Spring 2019
Joanna Ye, Summer 2018-Spring 2019
Danni Zhang, Summer 2018-Fall 2018
Sophia Lu, Spring 2018-Fall 2018
Allison Hill, Spring 2018
Sriteja Gummadi, Fall 2017-Fall 2019
Robert Hines, Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Genevieve O'Brien, Fall 2016-Spring 2018
Alexis Hensel, Summer 2017
Sareen Ali, Summer 2017
Eva Bacas, Spring 2017-Fall 2017
Catherine Mowery, Spring 2017-Fall 2017
Carmen Sepulveda, Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Anisah Rafi, Spring 2016-Summer 2016
Emalee Dauginikas, Fall 2015