Mariajosé Bosanko is a third year Ph.D. student in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
She has an M.A. in Language Literacy and Sociocultural studies with an emphasis in
Bilingual Education from The University of New Mexico and an M.A. in Communication
Sciences and Disorders from LSU. Mariajosé is originally from Mexico City. Her research
interest include: simultaneous and sequential bilingual language development, how
other disabilities affect bilingual language development and second language acquisition,
and appropriate and effective identification and assessment of speech and language
delays or disorders in bilingual individuals and speakers of Spanish-influenced English.
Lori Vaughn is a fourth year doctoral student from New Orleans, La. She received her
B.A. at the University of Southern Mississippi in Spanish and Speech Language Pathology.
Always eager to travel and explore new places, Lori moved to Philadelphia for her
M.A. studies, and received her degree at Temple University in Communication Sciences
and Disorders with a Hispanic emphasis. Before starting her doctoral program, Lori
worked for eight years as a bilingual SLP in private practice in both Orleans and
Jefferson parish, La.
Kwaku Nyantakyi is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University. Kwaku studied a BA in geography
and linguistics and an Msc in speech and language therapy both at the University of
Ghana. After his bachelors degree, and prior to his masters degree, he worked for
one year as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Ghana, Department
of Linguistics. Kwaku is interested in language processing in bilingual children
with dyslexia and specific language impairment. He hails from Ghana, where the study
of communication disorders is a new, emerging field.
Caitlyn Kearns is a senior at LSU from Mandeville, Louisiana. She is a Communication
Disorders major with a minor in Psychology. In addition to working in this lab, she
is a SI (Supplemental Instructor) for Dr. Oetting's COMD 4380 class. She also is working
at the Emerge center this semester as a speech therapy tech. She plans to graduate
in December of 2020. She is so excited to work in this research lab and learn something
new every day!
Juliette DiCharia is a junior at LSU and is majoring in Communication Disorders in
hopes to be a Speech-Language Pathologist. She plans to graduate in Spring 2022, and
then go to a grad school to receive her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. She
is also involved with Dance Marathon on LSU’s campus, and has a leadership position
as a Morale Captain. She is excited to get to work with Dr. Oettings more and can’t
wait to learn more about Speech Pathology!
Kayla Spearman is a junior from Denham Spring, Louisiana pursing her degree in Communication
Disorders. In addition to working in the lab, she is currently a volunteer at McMains
Children’s Developmental Center where she works alongside Speech Therapist and a volunteer
at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. After graduating in May 2022, she hopes
to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Kayla has a passion for
working with children and hopes to learn more about development and communication
in children by working with Dr. Oetting in the lab!
Sarah Reviel is a senior from DeRidder, Louisiana pursing her degree in Communication
Sciences and Disorders. She is currently a member of LSU NSSLHA. She plans to graduate
in the Spring of 2021. After graduation she plans to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech-Language
Pathology, with hopes of becoming a speech language pathologist. She is excited and
hopes to learn more about language disorders and development in children by working
with Dr. Oetting in the lab!
Tatum Carver-Dews is a sophomore at Louisiana State University from Whitehouse, Texas,
majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Spanish. She is currently
involved in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Jefferson Baptist Church's Leadership
Team and the Nana Project within the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association
(NSSLHA). While at LSU she has also joined the Communication Across the Curriculum
(CxC) program and the Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL).
Amid all the activities, she is thrilled to be getting involved within the COMD research
department in order to get the experience needed to become an informed speech-language
pathologist one day!
Nataly Mayeaux is from Belle Chasse, Louisiana and is in her third year of undergraduate
school at Louisiana State University. She is pursuing a degree in Communication Disorders
with a minor in Spanish. After graduating a year early in the Spring of 2021, she
plans on attending graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech-Language
Pathology. Currently she is also the secretary for the National Student Speech-Language
Hearing Association at LSU and was a part of the Prime Time Family Reading program
for bilingual or Spanish speaking families this past spring. She is excited to be
a part of the child language research lab and can’t wait to see what it holds for
her future as a Speech-Language Pathologist!
Daria Coleman is a senior from Prairieville, Louisiana pursuing a degree in Communication
Disorders with a minor in Music. She plans to graduate in Spring 2021! After she graduates,
she hopes to attend grad school and receive her Master’s Degree. She hopes to become
a Speech Language Pathologist one day and work with children! In addition to working
in the lab, she's also an LSU Ambassador, and she is the Student Liaison for LSU NSSLHA.
She also works at The Emerge Center as a Therapy Technician. She is very excited to
work in the lab and gain more knowledge about language disorders and development in
Teriana Andrews is a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana majoring in Communication
Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. She is a member of NSSLHA. After
graduating in Spring 2021, she plans to obtain her Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology
and work with kids from low income families. She is excited to work in Dr.Oetting’s
language lab to gain experience and more knowledge in the field.
Jade Robertson is a senior at Louisiana State University from Atlanta, Georgia. She
is pursuing a degree in Communication Disorders with a double minor in Spanish and
Psychology. After graduating in December of 2021, she plans to do a gap year in South
America teaching children English. After her gap year, she plans on attending grad
school and obtaining her Master’s degree in Speech-Language-Pathology. She is currently
the Philanthropy Chair for LSU NSSLHA and a member of Hands that Hear, as well as
volunteering at Launch Therapy. She is excited to work in Dr. Oetting’s research lab
and get more experience in research!