People

Director

Kathryn Schuler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Schuler’s research is focused on understanding how children acquire language. She is especially
interested in how children use the statistics in
language input to acquire grammatical rules, whether general cognitive or neural biases can
explain the acquisition process, and whether
developmental changes in these biases can explain why children seem to be optimally suited for
acquiring language.

kschuler@sas.upenn.edu  |  CV

Lab Manager

Lauren Krawczyk – Lab Manager

Lauren graduated from the University of Tennessee with her degree in Psychology and minoring in
Hispanic Studies in 2017. While working on her B.A., she worked in the Infant Langauge and
Perceptual Learning Lab studying how infants
perceive the world around them and how they
begin to learn their first words through segmented speech and various acoustic characteristics in speech. 

lkrawczy@sas.upenn.edu

Research Assistants

Breyasia ScottUniversity of Pennsylvania

Breyasia is a junior majoring in Ancient History and double minoring in Theatre Arts and American Sign Language/Deaf Studies. She is a research
student through Penn’s Undergraduate Research Mentorship (PURM). This will be her first summer conducting research! In the future, Breyasia hopes to pursue her interest in sign language acquisition among children and adolescents.

Jasmine Raj – University of Pennsylvania

Jasmine is a senior majoring in Psychology and
minoring in South Asia Studies. She loves working with children and currently volunteers at the
Children’s Hospital of  Philadelphia as well as the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. In the future, Jasmine hopes to attend graduate school and
pursue her interest in studying mental health
disorders among children and adolescents.

Dorina DomiUniversity of Pennsylvania

Dorina is a sophomore at the University of
Pennsylvania majoring in Health and
Societies, with minors in French and Linguistics. She is
participating in this lab through the Penn
Undergraduate Research Mentor Program (PURM). Dorina hopes to go on to law school, with a focus on health law, to address discrepancies in the modern day healthcare system.

Stefan Pophristic – University of Pennsylvania

Stefan is a sophomore at the University of
Pennsylvania majoring in Linguistics. This is the first time he is conducting research and he is very excited to be working with all the kids. Stefan is thinking about pursuing a career in linguistics,
focusing on how language is acquired. 

 

Ayyah AlhuraibiUniversity of Pennsylvania

Ayyah is a sophomore at the University of
Pennsylvania planning on majoring in Cognitive and Computer Science. This summer will be her first time conducting research and she is extremely exciting to be working with children and exploring how they acquire language. She hopes to continue pursuing research in linguistics throughout her career.