Lab Director/Principal Investigator
Heather Harris Wright, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Heather Harris Wright is the Director of the AALDL at ECU. Dr. Wright is a certified speech-language pathologist and recently was appointed as Associate Dean of Research of the College of Allied Health Sciences. She has over 15 years of experience of working with adults with language and cognitive disorders resulting from stroke, head injury, and dementia. In her spare time, she enjoys running and participating in crazy races like the Ragnar Relay race and Tough Mudder – check them out!
Amy is a graduate student from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is interested in how attention and executive control affect language processing in healthy adults, as well as in disordered populations. Additionally, she wishes to learn more about how contextual information is used to resolve ambiguous messages. She hopes to both become clinically certified competent in speech-language pathology and get her PhD.
Stephen is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.A. in English language and linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from East Carolina University. He also spent a year in the Linguistics Program at Purdue University. His research is focused on how semantic information is accessed, used, and integrated into discourse.
Hana Kim is a second-year doctoral student. She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. Her research area is the relationship between language processing and cognitive ability such as working memory and executive function.
Saryu Sharma is a doctoral student in Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Speech Language Pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, India. Her research interests include investigation of working memory deficits in persons with adult language disorders.
Stephanie is a current student at East Carolina University, majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She previously attended Pitt Community college and plans to get her masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. She is interested in language disorders that resulted from stroke. She hopes to become a certified speech-language pathologist one day!
Mary Frances Taylor
Kristen Michelle Zelnosky