Arielle Borovsky (PI)
Dr. Arielle Borovsky is an assistant professor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, with a courtesy appointment in Psychological Sciences. Dr. Borovsky uses a broad methodological arsenal to explore how humans learn language. Her work seeks to inform scientists, clinicians and educators about the cognitive, linguistic and experiential factors that can help all children learn to communicate and identify early language disorders. Her work appears in multiple scientific outlets and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. She additionally engages with a diverse array of scientists, students and families in a variety of community and scientific venues.
Ryan Peters (Graduate Student)
Born and raised in northern Minnesota, after graduating from college my wanderlust kicked in and I started to travel the world. I paid for my travels by teaching English in Japan, during which I became deeply interested in the processes underlying language learning. At the broadest level, my research interests focus on the back and forth between experience and online processing, in the moment. For my dissertation, I'm using a combination of eye-tracking and graph-theoretic mathematical modeling methodologies to explore the relations between the semantic structure of toddlers' productive vocabularies and their word learning/processing abilities.
Justin Kueser (Graduate Student)
I'm a PhD student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. I have studied linguistics and speech-language pathology and worked as a speech-language pathologist in the schools. My research interests focus on how children learn language -- I study children with typical language development and children who have difficulties learning their first language. My current projects involve verb learning, the effect of frequency and predictability on language production, and other factors important in early word learning and grammatical development.
Michelle Indarjit (Laboratory Coordinator)
I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from Montclair State University in 2017, majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Women’s & Gender Studies and Russian Studies. As an undergraduate, I was a Research Assistant for two psycholinguistic labs at Montclair, and I have interned at The Ohio State University and The University of British Columbia.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
I am a Senior majoring in SLHS with minors in Spanish and Human Development and Family Studies. In my free time, I love to play walleyball and make DIY projects with my friends and younger sisters. One of my favorite memories growing up is traveling out west with my family to see the mountains. They are beautiful! One day, I hope to travel all over the country and see as much of the United States and the world as I can!
I’m a Junior at Purdue studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with minors in Psychology and Linguistics. I joined LLaMA lab in January 2018 and have always loved interacting with kids and their families. A few passions of mine include promoting early childhood literacy, helping youth find their voice through writing, advocating mental health, and traveling.
I am in my second year studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I have been a part of the LLaMA Lab since January 2018, and I have loved interacting with all of the families that come in! I look forward to getting my PhD in Speech and Language Sciences and doing research of my own in the future. Some of my interests include volunteering at the Hartford Hub in Lafayette, crocheting, and spending time with friends.
Hello! I’m Devyani, and I am currently a freshman studying Psychology. I was born in India, but I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Throughout high school I volunteered with young toddlers and children for various organizations, and I loved every minute of it. I hope to work with children regularly in the future as well, particularly in developing nations around the world. A few of my hobbies include reading, writing, and hanging out with my friends.
Sarah Nicholas Cruz
I’m Sarah, and I am a freshman studying Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish. I have lived in Illinois for my entire life, but I love being at Purdue and will be studying abroad in Spain. In the future, I hope to become a speech pathologist and work with children and their families in their language acquisition. Languages and how we acquire them has always been fascinating to me, and working in the LLaMA Lab, I hope to gain more experience in research and in the field!
Hey! I’m Jonah, a junior in Brain and Behavioral Sciences here at Purdue with minors in Philosophy and Linguistics. I’m from Cleveland, OH, and in my free time I enjoy volunteering, writing fiction, and playing tabletop or video games. I’m working my way towards an eventual career as a psychological researcher or research ethicist, and hopefully an author on the side. I’ve spent most of my life working with children through several community outreach groups around Cleveland and volunteering at summer camps. I look forward to learning more about language, psychology, and the connection between the two!
Hi! My name is Emma and I am from Zionsville, Indiana. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. This is my first semester in a research lab and I am so excited to be a part of the LLaMA lab! I have always loved working with kids, and have spent a lot of time as a cheer coach, camp counselor, and volunteering in the kids’ ministry at my church. I hope to continue to work with kids in the future as a speech pathologist.
Hello! My name is Nathan and I live here in the greater Lafayette area. I’m a junior but this is my first year at Purdue. I am an SLHS major with the goal of becoming an SLP. I am passionate about assisting children with special needs but also generally helping anyone with anything. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar/singing, fishing, playing video/board games with friends, and reading. I’m incredibly excited to learn more about what the field has to offer through the Llama lab.
Hello! My name’s Jenny and I’m a sophomore studying Brain and Behavioral Sciences with a pre-physician’s assistant concentration. I am from Carmel, Indiana and in my free time, I love to read and travel. This is my first semester as an undergrad research assistant for the LLaMA lab and I am very excited to work with children and their families! I hope that the work I do in this lab will be able to benefit children everywhere. In the future, my dream is to become a pediatric physician’s assistant and be able to help children of all ages and backgrounds by providing them with the healthcare that they need.