Lab Assistants

Jessica Diaz

Jessica Diaz

Research Assistant

diazj@uchicago.edu

Jessica received her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience, as well as a Certificate in Neuroscience from the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in May 2018. Jessica joined the SGM Lab in Fall 2018, where she works on projects that investigate the effects of learning math equivalence through gesture vs action in elementary school-aged children. Jessica is not only interested in activated brain regions that facilitate learning via gesture, but how gesture can be effectively utilized to teach and communicate with certain populations of children, such as non-verbal children on the autism spectrum.

Contact Jessica for more information or assistance on:
Lab meetings and scheduled events
Lab email list

Naureen Hemani-Lopez

Naureen Hemani-Lopez

Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator

hemani@uchicago.edu

Naureen received her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2009. Naureen currently works on projects that focus on the role of gesture in the acquisition of learning in school-aged children. She works on the Mental Rotation project, which focuses on early spatial learning in kindergarten children, as well as the Math project, which looks at the role of gesture while solving equivalency problems in 3rd and 4th grade students. Naureen is interested in the role that gesture plays in learning and the ways that this type of research can be used in classroom settings.

Contact Naureen for more information or assistance on:
IRB-related matters including–
Protocol amendments
Historical record of protocol events
Submission of adverse events
Human subject training and certification
Annual employee safety training

Zena Levan

Zena Levan

Research Assistant/Project Coordinator

zena@uchicago.edu

Zena attended the University of Rochestor for her B.A, in American Sign Language. She then went on to get her Master’s in Deaf Education at Boston University and graduated in 2017. Zena is currently working on the Math Gesture project with deaf and hearing students. She is interested in established methods of bilingual deaf education, as well as ways to improve on current practices.

Contact Zena for more information or assistance on:
ASL-related projects
The Center for Gesture, Sign and Language (CGSL)

Carolyn Mylander

Carolyn Mylander

Project Manager

cmcm@uchicago.edu

*Carolyn has recently retired and will be working with the SGM Lab on a part-time basis*

Cassidy Salentine

Cassidy Salentine

Research Assistant

salentinec@uchicago.edu

Cassidy graduated in 2018 from Lawrence University where she received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and English. In the past, she has worked as a research assistant for labs at Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cassidy is currently working on the Action-Gesture Math Sequence project and is excited to learn more about why gesturing can enhance children’s understanding of math concepts and about the brain regions that develop as children learn with gesture.

Contact Cassidy for more information or assistance on:
Infant Database
Testing Space Calendar
Lab Parking Pass

Markie Theophile

Markie Theophile

Lab Manager/Project Coordinator

mtheophile@uchicago.edu

Markie received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, where she also worked in the Language Creation Lab. She is currently working on the Guatemalan Homesign Project. She enjoys living in Chicago and working in the Goldin-Meadow Lab.

Contact Markie for more information or assistance on:
Budget expenditures
Grant proposals and reports
Reimburesment claims
Purchase of lab supplies, equipment & software
General employee and student support

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