Principal Investigator

Scott Fraundorf

I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and a research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center. I head the MAPLE (Memory And Psycholinguistics in Learning & Education) Lab, where we investigate language processing, memory, and their interaction.
[ Scott's CV ]

Graduate Students

Caitlin Rice

I’m a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary research interests are bilingualism and adult second language learning. I am interested in the neurocognitive mechanisms of morphosyntactic processing in adult second language learners, as well as the effects of translation ambiguity, when words have multiple translations across languages.

Outside of psychology, my interests include urban planning and design and the history and architecture of the Mediterranean region. In my free time I love to travel, go to concerts, swim, run, and bike.
[ Caitlin's CV ]

Afton Kirk-Johnson

I’m a PhD student in the School of Education Applied Developmental Psychology program and a GSR at the LRDC, supervised by Dr. Brian Galla and Dr. Scott Fraundorf. I am currently working on an LRDC project focused on self-regulated learning, motivation, and the potential influence of media on learning and memory.

My doctoral advisors in the ADP program are Dr. Chris Groark, Co-Director of the Office of Child Development at Pitt, and Dr. Shannon Wanless, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Education. External to my work as a GSR, my research interests include the examination of early care and education quality (and implementation science components that can inform quality improvement) and nonparental caregiver-child relationships (including early care and education and institutional care settings). I am interested in how research, policy, and practice can work together to improve the lives of children and families at the local, state, national, and international levels.
[ Afton's CV ]

Kole Norberg

I’m a Ph.D. student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and part of the CNBC. Prior to graduate studies, I taught remedial reading and writing to adults which led me to my primary research interest in the cognitive and neural underpinnings of text and discourse processing.

Outside of research, I enjoy traveling, solving puzzles, and playing board games.

[ Kole's CV ]

Lab Coordinator

Rachel Peters

I'm a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a B.S. in Psychology and Linguistics. I'm primarily interested in syntactic processing and learning, particularly dialectal differences.

In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, watching and reading Sci-Fi and spending time with my son.

Honors Project Students

Rodica Constantine

As an undergraduate senior at the University of Pittsburgh, I am double majoring in Psychology and Music. Broadly, my interests lie in cognitive psychology with specific focuses in the cognitive neuroscience of music and language.

Undergraduate Students

Genevieve O'Brien

I’m a senior here at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Psychology and Economics. After I graduate from Pitt, I hope to attend graduate school and further my knowledge in these fields. My primary interests in research are language development and processing.

Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, writing, and spending time with my friends.

Robert Hines

I’m a senior majoring in Psychology with minors in Computer Science and Creative Writing. After graduation I hope to work in a lab and eventually go on to graduate school. I do not have a single field of interest as of yet, but I am particularly interested in cognitive psychology, learning, memory, and depression.

In my free time, I enjoy playing a wide variety of video games, writing, and spending as much time with my long-distance boyfriend as possible.

Allison Hill

I’m a senior double majoring in Psychology and German as well as pursuing a certificate in Western European Studies. After I graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, I hope to attend to graduate school to study Cognitive Psychology or Neuroscience. In the future, I hope to do more research on how we process and develop language skills with both primary and secondary languages.

In my free time, I play ultimate frisbee for Pitt’s women’s team, Danger. I also enjoy traveling, volunteering, and painting.

Cody Gilbert

I am a junior majoring in Psychology. After I graduating from Pitt, I plan on pursuing a PhD track. I am interested in most psychology topics and am looking to narrow my focus in the coming semesters.

In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with my friends, and watching sports.

Sophia Lu

I am junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry as well as pursuing a certificate in Conceptual Foundation of Medicine. I’m on the pre-PA track, so after graduation, I hope to attend Physician Assistant school/program. I am also working as Student Behavioral Associate at WPIC.

In my free time, I would usually hang out with friends and go to the gym.

First Experiences in Research Students

Sriteja Gummadi

I’m a freshman majoring in biology with minors in Psychology and Japanese. I am part of the Dental GAP program and am, therefore, hoping to pursue a career in dentistry following my undergraduate career. In regards to research, I'm especially interested in language development/processing.

As for non-academic activities, I enjoy running, watching sports, and traveling

Lab Alumni

Laura Morett

Laura worked in the MAPLE lab from fall 2015 to spring 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher.

[ Laura's website ]

Undergraduate Lab Alumni

Eva Bacas
Brenna Mauro
Catherine Mowery
Alexis Hensel
Sareen Ali
Carmen Sepulveda
Anisah Rafi
Emalee Dauginikas