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Neurolinguistics Lab


Dirk B. den Ouden, Ph.D., Director, Neurolinguistics Laboratory
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,
University of South Carolina
Discovery I, 202C
915 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-9241
Fax: 803-777-4750


From a background in formal phonology and syntax, Dirk den Ouden investigates how the brain supports language functions in healthy and aphasic speakers. One goal of his research is to improve treatment outcomes through a neurophysiological approach to stroke-induced deficits (cortical stimulation), in combination with behavioral language training. He maintains an interest in linguistic theory, as well as in neural correlates of lexical representation/access and sentence production. Along the way, he has used various experimental methods, such as fMRI, EEG, HD-tDCS and reaction time tasks.

Current members:



Danielle Fahey

Danielle is a doctoral student in the Linguistics program. She earned her B.A. in International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and her M.S. in TESOL at McDaniel College in Maryland. Her research interests include language acquisition, bilingualism, and syntax and semantic processing. Danielle can be contacted at




Elena Galkina

Elena is a second year doctoral student in Linguistics program. She earned her B. A. in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at Southwest State University in Russia and her M. A. in Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include sentence processing and production and speech dysfluencies. Elena can be contacted at




Angelica Hutchinson


Angelica is a senior undergraduate student studying for a B.S. in Biology and Experimental Psychology. She is a Magellan Scholar and her project is looking into finding an automatize way to separate vowels for formant measurement. She is currently applying to graduate school for clinical psychology with a focus on neuropsychology and behavioral medicine. Her end goal is to work clinically with patients improving their daily functionality as it pertains to their behaviors. Angelica can be reached at




Gabriella Del Valle 


Gabby is a senior undergraduate student studying for a B.A. in Public Health and applying to graduate school for speech-language pathology.  She was a Magellan Scholarship recipient this year and her research project is focused on vowel dispersion in spontaneous and repetitive speech.  One of Gabby's main career aspirations is to work with stroke survivors and this study could help provide better treatment options to people who have been affected by stroke.




Hanna Altpeterhanna

Hanna is a sophomore undergraduate student who volunteers in the lab as a research assistant. She is studying for a B.S. in Biochemisty and Molecular Biology and plans to attend medical school. 




Previous Lab Members:

Katherine Pensa

Molly Lonneman



Katherine graduated from USC with a bachelor’s in nursing and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at USC. She volunteered in the lab to gain clinical research experience.

Molly was a senior undergraduate studying for a B.S in Exercise Science and a B.A in Spanish Language. She plans to attend medical school after graduation and is volunteering in the lab to gain clinical research experience. Her interests include second language acquisition, and language processing.


Brett Bankson

Keiko Bridwell

Ece Bayram

Brett graduated from the University of Portland studying French, psychology, and neuroscience. He worked in the lab in Summer 2014 as part of the Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. His interests include using behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine speech and gesture integration, neural networks devoted to language processing, and the role of syntax in determining semantic properties. 

Keiko is a senior undergraduate at USC. She is pursuing a Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae degree within the field of linguistics. She worked in the lab as a Magellan scholar  on a project investigating the effects of neurostimulation on vocal pitch control.  Her interests include the acoustics of speech, phonological inventory, and syntax processing. Keiko can be contacted at

Ece is a doctoral student in the Department of Interdisciplinary Neurosciences in Ankara University, Turkey. She received a medical degree in 2013 also from Ankara University and volunteered in the lab in Summer 2014. Her interests include speech production in different types of aphasia, mirror neurons in language development, and sign language.

Zach Craig

Megan Elledge

Emily Garnett

Zach volunteered in the lab in Spring and Summer 2012. He graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and will be attending the USC School of Medicine in 2013.

Megan volunteered in the lab for several semesters. She recently graduated with a degree in psychology from USC and plans to apply to graduate school for speech pathology.

Emily was a PhD student in the lab from 2011-2015. Her dissertation “Psycholinguistics in fluency disorders: Prearticulatory speech planning in stuttering and cluttering” was completed in July 2015. Emily is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Casey Hamilton

Aalia Soherwardy 

Svetlana Malyutina


Casey has a B.A. degree in Public Health with a minor in Communication Disorders. She is now pursuing her masters in Speech Language Pathology at USC. Her interests include neurological speech/language disorders including apraxia, alexia, and stuttering, as well as bilingual speech. She has volunteered in the lab to gain clinical research experience, and to hopefully develop her own research project in the future.

Aalia is currently pursuing her BS degree in Public Health, minoring in Medical Humanities and Business Administration. She is planning on attending medical school and becoming a physician. Her interest in learning about language processing led her to volunteering in the lab to gain clinical research experience and understanding.

Svetlana was a PhD student in the lab from 2012-2015. She completed her PhD dissertation “Neural correlates of verb argument structure” in June 2015. She is now a Research Fellow at the Neurolinguistics Laboratory at National Research University HSE in Moscow, Russia.

Kelly Marlowe

Adina Raizen

Francis Scott


Kelly completed an undergraduate practicum in the lab during Spring 2014. Kelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from USC, and was accepted into the MCD program to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist.

Adina worked in the lab during Summer 2012 through the Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Champaign Urbana. 

Frances volunteered in the lab in Fall 2014 and is applying to graduate programs in speech pathology.

Tori Sharpe

Jessica Williams

Sophie Wohltjen

Tori was an undergraduate student in the lab from 2012-2015. Tori’s Senior Thesis “The Role of Action-Relatedness as a Principle of Neural Organization” was completed in April 2015. Tori is currently working as a research assistant in the Morphology Lab (MorphLab) at NYU, where she will be assisting with MEG research on the neural bases of morphological and syntactic processing.

Jessica was a graduate assistant in the lab from 2011-2012. She graduated with an MSP degree in August 2013.

Sophie worked in the lab during Summer 2013 through the Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She graduated in 2014 from University of Virginia with a double degree in music and cognitive science, and will be working in the  Laboratory of Brain and Cognition through the Postbaccalaureate IRTA best essay writing service uk program at the NIH.




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