About Us

Principal Investigator, Director 

Kiel Christianson, Ph.D. 

Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Educational Psychology

My research is heavily influenced and informed by linguistic theory. At the same time, my goal is to make deeper, broader connections between linguistics and various sub-fields of cognitive psychology. Overarching themes in my present work are (mis)interpretation in sentence processing, morphological processing during reading, and crosslinguistic research. In particular, at present I am or will soon be conducting experiments in sentence comprehension and production, visual word recognition, reading, and second language acquisition.

Graduate Student
Peiyun Zhou

I am a PhD student in Educational Psychology. My research interests are native and L2 speakers’ language processing and language acquisition. I apply eye tracking and event-related brain potential (ERPs) to investigate the effects of different reading methods on improving online reading speed and comprehension. I also examine bilinguals’ translation during lexical access and sentence processing.


Graduate Student
Nayoung Kim

I am a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology. My research interests include the role of memory in language learning, eye tracking to measure language processing, reading comprehension, and second language acquisition.

Graduate Student
Sarah-Elizabeth Deshaies

Former Lab Members

Heeyoun Cho (Full-time Lecturer, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea)
Jinhee Choo

Erika Hussey (Cognitive Science Team at US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC))
Ji Hyon Kim (Associate Professor and Chair, School of English for Translation and Interpretation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea)
Sun-A Kim (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Jung Hyun Lim (University of California, San Diego)
Kent Lee (Assistant Professor, Center for Teaching and Learning, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea)
Steven Luke (Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Brigham Young University)
Heather Mauch
Cassie Palmer
Jeong-Ah Shin (Associate Professor, Dongkuk University, Seoul, South Korea)
Anastasia Stoops (Post-Doc, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center)
Nikos Vergis (Post-Doc, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University)
Kacey Wochna (Lecturer, Psychology Department, Ithaca College, New York)


Former Assistants

Michael Blasingame
Ellie Brindise
Hye Yoon Choi
Jules Dubin
Kyle Hartzell
Eric Juul
Mary Keutemeyer
Rachel Leddy
Austin Maske
Hye-min Mia Lee
Jooyun Lee
Yojin Park
Adina Raizen
Laeh Ragans
Aubrey Sumaydeng
Joy Shapley
Allie Stanko
Heather Sulikowski
Kate Tyndall
Youjia Wang
Zongyuan “Glenn” Wang                                                                                                   Cassandra Phelps                                                                                                               Shaolingyun Guo                                                                                                                 Mary Fran Donovan