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
Nayoung Kim

Currently, my research focuses on memory mechanisms underlying L1 and L2 online sentence comprehension using eye-tracking. I’m also interested in language-music relations to understand domain-general/specific mechanisms underlying linguistic structural processing.

Graduate Student
Sarah-Elizabeth Deshaies

Graduate Student
Jack Dempsey

My primary experimental interest deals with representational processing in language comprehension on both sentence and discourse levels in native and nonnative speakers.  Some other topics I enjoy researching include online/offline differences in processing, the neurobiology of language, bilingual education, and language planning and policy.

Former Graduate Students

Heeyoun Cho (Full-time Lecturer, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea)
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
Jinhee Joo
Cassie Palmer
Jeong-Ah Shin (Associate Professor, Dongkuk University, Seoul, South Korea)
Kacey Wochna (Lecturer, Psychology Department, Ithaca College, New York)
Anastasia Stoops (Post-Doc, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center)
Nikos Vergis (Post-Doc, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University)
Peiyun Zhou (Post-Doc, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington)


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 Wang, Cassandra Phelps, Shaolingyun Guo, Mary Fran Donovan, Yilan Liu, Mien-Jen Wu