People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jing Shen, Director of the lab, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from University of California, San Diego and had her postdoctoral training in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms in older adults’ speech perception, with the aim of developing clinical outcome measures that effectively reflect listeners’ experiences in real-world communicative contexts. When she is not busy working with her students and research team, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her two school-aged children.

Staff

Rose Dietrich is the lab’s current full-time research assistant. She graduated from Wilkes University in 2021 with a B.S in Neuroscience and Psychology and is finishing her M.S. in Psychology at Villanova University. Her research interests include haptic and auditory perception, wanting to apply those findings to clinical populations in her future endeavors. In her free time, Rose likes to play casual video games while cuddling with her long-haired calico cat, Fluffy. 

Undergraduate Research
Assistants

Gabriella Chichilitti is an undergraduate student majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science Temple University. She plans to attend graduate school next year to pursue a career in Clinical Speech Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes for her friends and listening to Taylor Swift. 

Julia Knutelska is an undergraduate student majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. Aside from the SPAC Lab, she is an active member of NSSLHA. She is also pursuing a certificate in American Sign Language and Linguistics. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in Speech Pathology. During her free time, she enjoys binge-watching reality TV shows and soaking up the sun during the summer.

Annette Luba is an undergraduate student at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. She is also pursuing a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience and a certificate in Linguistics. She is very active in Temple NSSLHA and the Temple Ukrainian Society. She plans to attend graduate school to become a clinical Speech Pathologist. Outside of class, her interests include thrifting and sewing clothes, hiking, and exploring the city.

Naramin Abuali is an undergraduate student in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Science program. Aside from working in the lab, she is pursuing a certificate in American Sign Language. Her interests are speech, audiology, and neuroscience. When not in class or the lab helping with experiments, Naramin enjoys baking new recipes, playing volleyball, and binge-watching Netflix.

Anna Thanasi is an undergraduate student majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. She is also pursuing a Minor in Ancient Mediterranean History and a Certificate in Linguistics. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in Audiology. Outside of class, Anna enjoys playing video games and painting cover art from her favorite music albums. 

Amy Love is an undergraduate student in the Communication Sciences and Communication Disorders department. She is pursuing an American Sign Language certificate. She hopes to work with older populations who have speech disorders in the future. In her free time, Amy loves to travel, thrift, hang with her friends, and explore different coffee shops in the city.

Interested in Joining the Lab?

We take in undergraduate research assistants either as student workers or as volunteers as needed. Reach out to Dr. Jing Shen at jing.shen@temple.edu stating that you wish to join our lab!