Naomi Caselli, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Programs at Boston University. She studies how language deprivation affects how people learn and process ASL signs. She earned a joint PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Tufts University, as well as an Ed.M. in Deaf Education and an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University.
Erin Spurgeon, MA NIC is a Nationally Certified Interpreter for the Deaf based in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a Masters in Interpretation from Gallaudet University. She has worked Deaf research laboratories with scientists such as Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto at Gallaudet University, Dr. Karen Emmorey at San Diego State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology with Dr. Peter Hauser.
Anna Lim Franck, MA recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. She has worked on Haskins Laboratory’s ASL SLAAASh (Sign Language Acquisition, Annotation, Archiving and Sharing) project for linguists Drs. Diane Lillo-Martin and Julie Hochgesang. She is interested in research on L2 pedagogy/acquisition of Deaf learners and educational issues in bilingualism in Deaf classrooms.
Megan Canne is currently a graduate student in the Deaf Education program at Boston University. Megan is interested in language deprivation and acquisition in deaf children.
Stephanie Pennetti is a graduate student in the Deaf Education program at Boston University. She also completed her BA at Boston University in Elementary education. She is now a full time teacher at the Learning Center for the Deaf.
Tali Cowen is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the School of Education majoring in Deaf Studies. Tali is interested in American Sign Language linguistics and language acquisition in Deaf children. She hopes to become a teacher of the Deaf at the elementary level in the future.
Chelsea Hammond is a senior in the School of Education majoring in Deaf Studies and minoring in Special Education. She is studying to become a teacher of the Deaf for Deaf+ students and will be continuing at BU in the EdM in Deaf Education program. She is particularly interested in language and literacy skill acquisition in early childhood for Deaf children with disabilities.
Roxanne Segina is a third-year undergraduate student studying Spanish & Linguistics with a minor in Speech, Language, & Hearing Science. She has previously worked with the Spanish in Boston research project, and she is currently interested in the linguistic features of ASL and the linguistic implications of language deprivation for Deaf children.
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