People

Ph.D. Students

Mariajose BosankoMariajosé 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.
mbosan1@lsu.edu

Lori VaughnLori 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.
lvaug13@lsu.edu

Kwaku NyantakyiKwaku 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.
kwakunyantakyi83@gmail.com

BA Students

Caitlyn KearnsCaitlyn 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!
ckearn8@lsu.edu

JulietteJuliette 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! 
jdicha7@lsu.edu

KaylaKayla 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!
kspea17@lsu.edu 

Sarah RevielSarah 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!
srevie2@lsu.edu

TatumTatum 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!
tcarve1@lsu.edu

nataly mayeauxNataly 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! 
nmayea2@lsu.edu

Daira Coleman 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 children!
dcole33@lsu.edu

teriana andrewsTeriana 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.
tandr22@lsu.edu

jaderobertsonJade 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!
jrob254@lsu.edu