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Current lab members

Principal Investigator

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Malathi Thothathiri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at GWU. She got her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard  University and completed her post-doctoral training at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. When she's not thinking about language and the brain, she likes to hike, travel, read, cook and solve cryptic crossword puzzles.

Lab Manager


Maria Braiuca is pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the George Washington University. She graduated from GWU with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She is interested in learning more about the neural basis of language and would like to work with individuals with acquired neurological disorders in the future. Outside the lab, Maria enjoys reading, playing soccer, and exploring DC.

Graduate & Post-baccalaureate Research Assistants


Kelly Sharer is pursuing a Master's degree in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the George Washington University. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in May 2016 with a double major in Cognitive Science and Psychology. Her research interests include the neural mechanisms of language and how they interact with executive functions in typical and brain-injured populations. Outside of the lab, she can be found reading, hiking, and baking.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Kasey Lerner is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the George Washington University, concentrating in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in uncovering the neural linkages and pathways that contribute to language production and comprehension in both typical and atypical populations. Outside the lab, she enjoys eating, traveling, and reading.


Rachel Tarter is a senior pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in the neural mechanisms of language and cognitive development across the lifespan. Outside of the lab, she enjoys yoga, reading, and traveling.


Emily Geiger is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Audiology. Her research interests include language and how hearing impairments impact communication. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, and trying out new restaurants.


Tobie Grierson is a current senior pursuing a major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish at the George Washington University. Tobie looks forward to pursuing a career in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, either as a clinician or an educator. He is intrigued by the human brain, and is interested in all things neuroscience related. Outside the lab, Tobie enjoys reading fiction, boxing, and traveling.


Max Davidson is a junior pursuing a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at The George Washington University. In the future, he wants to pursue a career in clinical psychology synthesizing translational neuroscience and psychotherapy. During his free time, he enjoys being active, listening to music, and creative writing.

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