Students

Master’s Thesis Students

Michelle Chavarro

 

Michelle is a second year student in the combined master’s and doctoral program for Communication Science and Disorders program at Florida State University. She received her B.S. in CSD at FSU in 2017.  Her master’s thesis project includes examining spelling errors in children who are bilingual English/ Spanish speaking.  She worked as an SLPA in schools, daycares, and a private clinic out in Quincy for a year after graduation. Michelle is working towards a career in research, focused on child language development and bilingualism. Michelle’s favorite children’s book is Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman.

 

 

 

Briana Acevedo

Briana is a first year master’s student in the Communication Science and Disorders program at Florida State University. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in CSD at FSU with a minor in psychology. Her interests include DHH education and literacy. Briana intends to persue a doctoral degree to further research in literacy for DHH students. Her favorite children’s book is The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss.

Master’s Students

Kristen Wood

Kristen is a second-year master’s student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at FSU. She completed her Bachelor’s of Health Science in CSD at the University of Florida with a minor in Disabilities in Society.  Her interests include literacy, parent and teacher education, language development and early intervention. Her favorite children’s book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Kochis

Erica is a second year master’s student in the Communication Science and Disorders program at Florida State University. She received her B.S. in psychology at FSU in 2017. When she is not at school, she can be found running through Tallahassee with her dog, Honey or doing yoga. Erica aspires to work with preschool and school-aged children in the future. She hopes to use her favorite children’s book, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, in her therapy sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Paulk

Kelsey is a second year master’s student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at FSU.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014 from the same program.  After graduating, she taught fifth grade for four years in a low socioeconomic school in Panama City, Fl.  She is most interested in working with children with hearing impairments. Her favorite children’s book is Among the Hidden.

 

 

Kara Smith

Kara is a first year graduate student in the Communication Science and Disorders program at FSU. She graduated from FSU in the spring with her B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders. Her main area of interests are child language development and children with hearing impairments. Kara looks forward to working with preschool aged children in the future. Her favorite children’s book is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

 

 

 

 

 

Falyn Marks

Falyn is a first year student in the Communication Science and Disorders program at Florida State University. She received her B.S. in CSD at Florida State in the Spring of 2019. During her undergraduate career, she worked as an Assistant Teacher at the Florida State University Childcare and Early Learning Center and is excited to continue working with young children! Falyn’s favorite children’s book is I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Shay Fitzgerald

Shay graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2019. She minored in both Linguistics and Disabilities in Society. She was a research lab assistant for the UF Speech Development Lab and did data collection for a study on working memory. She worked as a barista all throughout undergrad, so she loves a good cup of coffee, hanging out with friends and cuddling with her kitten, Scout! Her favorite children’s book is Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy

 

 

Chessa Goodman

Chessa is a first year masters student. She graduated from Florida State University in Spring 2019 with a B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders. Her main areas of interest are autism spectrum disorders, language development, and children who are deaf/ hard of hearing.  She has a love of math and tutors high school math to keep that love alive!  In her free time, she enjoys anything active and outdoors: gym, volleyball, hiking, etc. Her favorite children’s book is Brown Bear Brown Bear.

 

 

 

Caitlin Fechtel

Caitlin is a first-year Master’s student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at FSU. She got her Bachelor’s of Health Science in CSD at the University of Florida with a minor in Disabilities in Society. Caitlin is excited to work with kids after graduation and really loves all things early-intervention and developmental disabilities. She also really loves spending time with her family and friends and can usually be found with a large cup of coffee in hand. Her favorite children’s book is The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.

 

 

 

Kim Kolaci

Kim a first year graduate student in the Communication Science and Disorders program at FSU. She graduated with my B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders at FSU in Spring of 2019. As an undergraduate student, she worked with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach program in the local elementary schools. She looks forward to continuing to work with young children, especially those with hearing impairments. Her favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silversteen.

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Thesis Students

 

Katie Goodwin

Katie is a senior in the undergraduate Communication Science and Disorders program at FSU.  Her Honors in the Major (HITM) thesis project involves examining IEP goals for children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She hopes to go to graduate school for speech therapy and become an SLP working with school age children. When she’s not studying, Katie enjoys running or eating Mickey shaped waffles at Walt Disney World. Her favorite children’s book is Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

 

 

June Kassolis

June Kassolis is a senior in the Communication Science and Disorders major. She plans to obtain a Masters in Speech Pathology.  Her Honors in the Major (HITM) thesis project includes examining spelling errors in children who are bilingual English/ Spanish speaking.  She enjoys running, cooking and going to the park with my dog, Chloe.  June comes from a big family – in fact, she is a triplet!  In addition, to her triplet siblings, she has 4 other siblings!  June’s favorite children’s book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Vicki Zilbergleyt

Vicki is a senior in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at FSU. She hopes to attend graduate school for speech-language pathology, and would eventually like to work with the pediatric population. She is a preschool teacher’s assistant and loves to explore Tallahassee! Her favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

 

 

 

Kaia Stevenson

Kaia is a sophmore majoring in Communication Science and Disorders. She hopes to work with elementary school age children when she finishes school. She is a member of the women’s cross country and track team here at FSU and her favorite book is Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.

 

 

Collaborators

Dr. Sherine Tambyraja, Crane Center for Early Childhood Research & Policy, The Ohio State University

Dr. Toby Macrae, FSU School of Communication Science and Disorders

Dr. Carla Wood, FSU School of Communication Science and Disorders

Dr. Katy Cabbage, Brigham Young University

Dr. Tiffany Hogan, MGH-Institute of Health Professions (SeeHearSpeak Podcast)

Dr. Erin Bush, University of Wyoming

Dr. Judy Harvey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, University of Nebraska-Kearney

Dr. Christina Pelatti, Towson University

Dr. Nicole Patton Terry, FSU College of Education

CLaSS Lab Alum

Cassidy Flechaus

Cassidy is a senior in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at FSU.  She plans to go to graduate school for speech-language pathology and would like to persue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.  She loves to travel and like Dr. Farquharson, she loves goats!  Cassidy’s favorite children’s book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallory Meuser

Mallory is a senior in the undergraduate Communication Science and Disorders program at FSU. She plans to attend graduate school for speech-language pathology and hopes to work with school-aged children. When she is not at school, she loves to sing and bake. Her favorite children’s book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

 

 

 

Alum from the CLaSS Lab at Emerson College:

Carolyn Babeu – 2018 graduate

Divya Swaminathan – 2018 graduate

Caroline Shea – 2018 graduate

Catherine DiBona – 2019 graduate

Clare Mitchell – 2019 graduate

Jen Kurzrok – 2019 graduate

Brittany Schoellkopf – 2017 graduate (undergrad)

Lisa Boldini – 2017 graduate

Sydney Macnaughton – 2017 graduate

Kelsey Parent – 2017 graduate

Kayla MacKay – 2017 graduate

Corinne Zmoos – 2017 graduate

Lauren Gallagher – 2017 graduate

Stephanie Habib – 2016 graduate


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