Brain and Language Lab


The Brain and Language Lab functions as a highly collaborative group of individuals from Georgetown and other institutions in the US and other countries. Our group consists of our Lab Director, Affiliates/Collaborators, Research Scholars, Masters Students, and Undergraduate Assistants. Also listed below are our Alumni.


Currently the Brain and Language Lab does not have any paid positions available.


Michael Ullman


Director, Brain and Language Lab

Director, Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory


Primary: Neuroscience

Secondary: Psychology and Neurology

Campus Address: New Research Building, Room EP-07

Mailing Address:

Department of Neuroscience

Georgetown University

Box 571464

Washington, DC 20057-1464


Tel: (202) 687-6064

Fax: (202) 687-0617

CV: Click here to view

Michael Ullman



  • Jarrad Lum (Deakin University, Melbourne; School of Psychology)


  • Ingrid Finger (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre; Instituto de Letras, Department of Modern Languages)



  • Aaron Newman (Dalhousie University, Halifax; Department of Psychology and Neuroscience)


  • Jana Reifegerste (University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany)

  • João Veríssimo (University of Potsdam, Potsdam; Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism)


  • Karolina Janacsek (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; Institute of Psychology)

  • Agnes Lukacs (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest; Department of Cognitive Science)

  • Deszo Nemeth (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; Institute of Psychology, Memory and Language Lab)


  • Esther Adi-Japha (Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv; School of Education, Child Development Program)

  • Tali Bitan (University of Haifa, Haifa; Department of Communication Disorders)

  • Yuval Shilon (Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot)


  • Martina Hedenius (Uppsala University, Uppsala; Department of Neuroscience)

  • Mikael Heimann (Linköping University, Linköping; Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning)


  • Gulcan Ercetin (Bogazici University, Istanbul; Foreign Language Education Department)

United Kingdom

  • Katie Alcock (Lancaster University, Lancaster; Department of Psychology, Centre for Research in Human Development and Learning)

  • Gina Conti-Ramsden (University of Manchester, Manchester; Developmental Psychopathology Group within the Neuroscience Research Institute)

  • Christina Dye (Newcastle University, Newcastle; Language Development/Psycholinguistics)

  • Christos Pliatsikas (University of Reading, Reading; Department of Psychology)

  • Ádám Takács (University of Glasgow; Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology)

United States

  • Rachel Barr (Georgetown University; Department of Psychology)

  • Harriet Bowden (University of Tennessee; Spanish Department)

  • Laurie Cutting (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab)

  • John Drury (Stony Brook University; Department of Linguistics)

  • Sayako Earle (University of Delaware; Communication Sciences & Disorders)

  • Tanya Evans (University of Virginia; Curry School of Education)

  • Dana Glei (Georgetown University; Center for Population and Health)

  • Noreen Goldman (Princeton University; Woodrow Wilson School, Demography and Public Affairs)

  • Sarah Grey (Fordham University, Spanish and Portuguese)

  • Phillip Hamrick (Kent State University; Department of English, Language and Cognition Research Laboratory)

  • Xiong Jiang (Georgetown University; Department of Neuroscience)

  • Karim Joharikhatonabad (University of South Carolina; Arnold School of Public Health)

  • Jarrett Lovelett (UC San Diego; Department of Psychology)

  • Ian Lyons (Georgetown University; Psychology Department)

  • Kara Morgan-Short (University of Illinois at Chicago; Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, Cognition and Second Language Acquisition Laboratory)

  • Stewart Mostofsky (Kennedy Krieger Institute; Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research)

  • Luke Plonsky (Georgetown University; Department of Linguistics)

  • Elizabeth Prado (University of California Davis; Department of Nutrition, Program in International and Community Nutrition)

  • Mariel Pullman (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York)

  • Cristina Sanz (Georgetown University; Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition)

  • Kathryn Schuler (University of Pennsylvania; Department of Linguistics)

  • Anuraj Shankar (Harvard School of Public Health; Department of Nutrition)

  • Kyle Shattuck (Georgetown University; Department of Neuroscience)

  • Kaitlyn Tagarelli (Postdoctoral Research Consultant, Brain and Language Lab)

  • Bruce Tomblin (University of Iowa; Communication Sciences and Disorders)

  • Peter Turkeltaub (Georgetown University Medical Center; Department of Neurology)

  • John VanMeter (Georgetown University Medical Center; Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging)

  • Matthew Walenski (Northwestern University; School of Communication, Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory)

  • Maxine Weinstein (Georgetown University; Center for Population and Health)




Jana's main research focus lies in aging and the effects of age-related cognitive changes on language processing. She is particularly interested in the role of memory and how different developmental trajectories for different memory systems may (or may not) explain the lifespan development of different language abilities, such as lexical and grammatical processing.

To this end, she studies behavioral and brain data from a broad range of healthy monolingual and bilingual participants as well as people with neurodegenerative diseases.



Kaitlyn Tagarelli earned her Ph.D. (2014) in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, where she focused her research (mentored by Dr. Ullman) on the neurocognition of second language learning. She completed postdoctoral training with Dr. Aaron Newman in Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Her postdoc was funded by a research-industry partnership (Mitacs) between Dr. Newman’s NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab (NCIL) and animation studio Copernicus Studios, Inc., aimed at designing evidence-based language learning apps for children and adults. This work complemented her research in the NCIL on language learning and processing, mainly using ERPs.

She is currently a Research Scholar in the Brain and Language Lab, funded by a National Science Foundation Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Grant grant that was based largely on findings from her dissertation project. She also teaches courses in the Psychology Department at SUNY New Paltz.




School: Georgetown College, 2022

Major: Neurobiology

Minor: Italian

Interests: Sophia seeks to explore the complex bidirectional relationship between language and the brain: namely, to understand not only how the brain can influence language, but also how language shapes the brain. She is intrigued by the biological mechanisms and linguistic effects of neurodegeneration. Specifically, the effect of neurodegenerative disorders on language processing and production in aging brains. Sophia also hopes to explore the implications of multilingualism, particularly with regard to Spanish and Italian speakers.


School: Georgetown College, 2022

Major: Neurobiology, Pre-Medical Track

Minor: Spanish, Theology

Interests: Alexa is interested in the biological bases for language. She is fascinated by language as a tool for self-expression and communication. She is specifically excited to examine the intersection between aging and language.


School: Georgetown College, 2022

Major: Mathematics, Pre-Medical Track

Minor: Cognitive Science

Interests: Lauren is passionate about the study of neuroscience and language. She enjoys learning about dialectology and language acquisition, primarily with respect to the Spanish language. She is also interested in the relationship between cognitive development and aging, specifically focused on those who suffer from cognitive deficits, such as Alzheimer’s disease.


School: Georgetown College, 2022

Major: Psychology, Pre-Medical Track

Minor: Chemistry

Interests: Katie is interested in studying developmental health and psychology, and plans to be a pediatrician one day.


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Research Assistants/Lab Managers

  • Laura Babcock

  • Jocelyn Curchack

  • Matthew Gelfand

  • Joshua Hartshorne

  • Courtney Horwitz

  • Kaitlyn Litcofsky

  • Jarrett Lovelett

  • Christopher Maloof

  • Goldie Ann McQuaid

  • Matthew Moffa

  • Kaori Ozawa

  • Marco Pineyro

  • Elizabeth Prado

  • Mariel Pullman

  • John Stowe

  • Andrea Tomann

  • Eiling Yee

Post-doctoral fellows

Visiting Scholars

  • Ingrid Finger

  • Mailce Mota

  • Dezso Nemeth

PhD Students

  • Harriet Bowden

  • Claudia Brovetto

  • Helen Carpenter

  • Ivy Estabrooke

  • Sarah Grey

  • Martina Hedenius

  • Robbin Miranda

  • Kara Morgan-Short

  • Aaron Newman

  • Kaitlyn Tagarelli

PhD Student Research Rotations

  • Adam Caccavano

  • Stephanie Davis

  • Scott Miles

  • Sheeva Azma

  • Evan Gordon

  • Pavel Ortinski

  • Jill Weisberg

  • Robbin Wood

  • Ivy Estabrooke

Visiting Graduate Students

  • Martina Hedenius

  • Signe Schneider

Masters and Medical Students

  • Kaley Alberty

  • Laura Babcock

  • Blaine Coyle

  • Denas Kisonas

  • Elizabeth Prado

  • Rachel Usala

Undergraduate Students

  • Laura Bomeny

  • Annie Brown

  • Rachael Campbell

  • Stephen Cohen

  • Jocelyn Curchack

  • Roland Dimaya

  • Lea Frawley

  • Matthew Gelfand

  • Selin Gulgoz

  • Joshua Hartshorne

  • Matt Huszagh

  • Margot Kabalkin

  • Walid Khan

  • Sarah Lee

  • Stephanie Lukas

  • Kirk McMurray

  • Neil Menon

  • Vidya Mullangi

  • Elizabeth Pierpont

  • Elizabeth Prado

  • Mariel Pullman

  • Christopher Reid

  • Stephen Serene

  • Brittany Sonnichsen

  • Andrew Tiu

  • Michelle Travers

Associated Researchers

  • Claudia Bonin

  • Shira Fischer

  • Dominik Rus

  • Stephen Wright

Undergraduate Assistants

  • Kaley Alberty

  • Sia Anagnostou

  • Marco Asencao

  • Jeanine Baqai

  • Jordan Braunfeld

  • Keith Catlin

  • Christina Cardone

  • Catherine Cauthen

  • Arash Chehrazi

  • Melissa Chen

  • Sz-Min Chen

  • Carrie Chomuik

  • Kateryna Christian

  • Galen Clayton

  • Ryan Coyle

  • Dimana Dimitrova

  • Timothy Dougherty

  • Stefan Gavrilovski

  • Heidi Getz

  • Robin Go

  • Abagail Hamilton

  • Kevin Hartnett

  • Kristen Hartnett

  • Jinah Haytko

  • Katrina Hernandez

  • Jayne Jang

  • Charlie Kovach

  • Catherine Kulick

  • Angela Lewis

  • Emily Liner

  • Josh Loewenstern

  • Stephanie Lukas

  • Karen Luo

  • Kelly Magee

  • Zein Malas

  • Maureen McCusker

  • Elliott McLean

  • Bryan Mendiola

  • Liza Mermelstein

  • Annette Min

  • Jennifer Moore

  • Kathleen Morrell

  • Brendan O'Farrell

  • Jonathan Picos

  • Briele Reynolds

  • Mystelle Ruble

  • Kathryn Ryan

  • Sepideh Soheilian

  • Brittany Sonnichsen

  • Dina Spagnolo

  • Robin Speiser

  • Jessica Stevens

  • Alison Thoner

  • Gretta Thorn

  • Shannon Nikki Vann

  • Emily Wang

  • Lily Wanner

  • Sahil Warsi

  • Lana Worobec

Past Collaborators