Lab Director/Principal Investigator

Heather Harris Wright, PhD, CCC-SLP

heather_1Dr. 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!


Ph.D. Students

Amy Henderson

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 Kintz

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

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

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.

Undergraduate Students

Stephanie Furimsky

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!

Master’s Students


Former Staff

Caroline Abashian
Matthew Anderson
Morgan Andrews
Emily Barber
Meredith Batchelor
Ivey best
Chrislain Bofill
Katie Broadwell
Ellie Brown
Morgan Burzynski
Aslyn DeHart
Nicole Frisco
Kristen Golding
Valentyna Hibbs
Elizabeth Leary
Hannah Lewallen
Julia Mangum
Rory Menscher
Camille Molineux
Katelyn Nall
Holly Nelson
Precious Powell
Nicole Quigley
Rachel Ringenberg
Harris Shepard
Brittany Simmons
Bailey Spenski
Mary Frances Taylor
Thomas West
Aimee Williamson
Allison Yeager
Kristen Michelle Zelnosky