People

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

NICOLE LANDI Dr. Landi received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Her research focuses on reading and language development in typically developing children and in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including dyslexia, developmental language disorder and autism spectrum disorder. She uses multiple methodologies, including MRI, ERP, and genetic analyses.

 

 

 

RESEARCH SCIENTISTS

DAN KLEINMAN. Dan received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science at UC San Diego in 2013. At Haskins, his research focuses on using neural biomarkers (EEG and ERPs) to predict individual gains in reading, as part of a collaboration with schools that serve students with language-based learning difficulties. He is also involved in projects that use ERPs to study audiovisual integration in children with autism and in typically developing children. Before coming to Haskins, Dan’s research focused on language production – specifically, the process of deciding which word (and, for bilinguals, which language) to use next – and the many cognitive systems that interact to promote speech (central attention, executive control, implicit learning), topics he continues to study via external collaborations.

POSTDOCS

NABIN KOIRALA. Nabin completed his PhD in neuroscience at the Johannes Gutenberg university, Mainz Germany in 2019. Currently he is working in Haskins Laboratories on the project “Imaging genetics in specific reading disabilities” focusing on analysis of multicenter structural neuroimaging data. The primary goal is to observe the microstructural and network alterations in cortical and subcortical level to characterize the neurological disorder and discover its link to the genetics.
Before his affair with neuroscience, he worked as an Engineer in Nepal before moving to Germany for his master’s degree in 2012. Among others he counts soccer, hiking, travelling and reading books as some of his interests. Find more details at https://nabinkoirala.com/

GRADUATE STUDENTS

MARTINA VILLA. Martina is a graduate student in the Developmental division of Psychology. Martina investigates reading (dis)abilities at multiple levels (from genes to behavior through the brain). She is interested in visual processing, attention, and in using machine learning techniques (e.g. RSA) to integrate multimodal neuroimaging data and explain the complex etiological pathways underling reading (dis)abilities. Martina earned a Bachelor in Communication and Psychology from University of Milano Bicocca (2015), and a MS in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bergamo (2017) and has previously worked in the Laboratorio Dislessia at the Scientific Institute E. Medea and in the Visual Attention Lab at UMass Boston.

KELLY MAHAFFY. Kelly is a first year graduate student in the Landi Lab! She is interested in better understanding the neurobiology and neurochemistry that underlies fluent reading comprehension. Kelly is particularly interested in trying to link brain structure, function, and behavior as well as exploring a potential role for the Default Mode Network in reading comprehension. Outside of work, Kelly likes to run and hike, explore New England, and spend time cooking delicious food.

 

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

NIKOLE PARRILLA. Nikole earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University. Prior to Haskins, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Don Compton, where she tested and analyzed the use of cognates and false cognates for spelling, comprehension, and writing in bilingual college adults. She also tested to identify predictors of writing ability in basic adult education populations. Currently, she is working to coordinate collaborations with specialized schools for children with reading difficulties to find brain-behavior correlates for intervention efficacy using EEG and standardized behavioral assessments.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014. Her primary areas of interest include speech and language development and disorders. Emily currently works as a clinical researcher at Haskins Laboratories, where she is using ultrasound biofeedback as an articulation therapy tool. This fall, Emily will begin work on a study involving 4-5 year old children, and using the ultrasound to analyze changes in tongue shape. Results of this study may lead to the possibility of ultrasound being used as a diagnostic tool for speech language pathologists.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Tucker Rathe
Tucker Rathe is an Undergraduate Research Assistant working under Dr. Nicole Landi at the University of Connecticut. He is currently a Sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Structural Biology/Biophysics with a minor in Chemistry on the pre-med track. He is primarily interested in the study and implementation of neuroimaging techniques, and hopes to pursue a career in the field of radiology.
Katie Hooker
Katie Hooker is an Undergraduate Research Assistant working under Dr. Nicole Landi at the University of Connecticut. She is currently a Sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in French. She is interested in studying the genetic factors underlying human traits and disorders, and she plans on obtaining a Ph.D. in genetics.
Alyssa Sirisoukh
Alyssa Sirisoukh is an Undergraduate Research Assistant working under Dr. Nicole Landi at the University of Connecticut. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is primarily interested in studying human genetics and methods of genome sequencing. Alyssa plans to pursue graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in genetics while conducting research.
Dustin Gad
Dustin Gad is an Undergraduate Research Assistant working with Vishakha Agrawal under Dr. Nicole Landi at the University of Connecticut. He is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Human Development and Family Studies. He is interested in studying anxiety, depression, and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. He plans on pursuing postgraduate research in these areas prior to going to graduate school to obtain a Ph.D.
Caroline Lynch
Caroline Lynch is currently a Freshman at the University of Connecticut, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology on the Honors track. She is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the LandiLab, working within the School Projects. Caroline is primarily interested in studying neuroscience, as it relates to language acquisition and comprehension. She plans to attend graduate school, and eventually earn a Ph.D.
Pauline Goetz
Pauline is an Undergraduate Research Assistant working with Vishakha Agrawal on the School Projects under Dr. Nicole Landi. She is pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her primary interest lies at the junction of learning disorders and gender/sexuality, with plans to pursue a dual Ph.D in Psychology and WGSS.