Members

Elena Plante, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Associate Research Scientist, Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Room 316
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building [map]
520-621-5080 (office)
520-621-9901 (fax)
eplante[at]email.arizona.edu

Biographical Information

Elena Plante, PhD, CCC-SLP is a Professor in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  She is also a nationally certified and licensed speech-language pathologist.  Her lab supports behavioral and neuroimaging studies of language and learning.  Her basic research program focuses on the nature of learning in normal and impaired individuals.  Her translational research focuses on improvement of treatment methods for developmental language impairment, as well as the development of improved assessment measures.  She  is the co-author of thee published assessment batteries.  Her work has been funded through grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Institute for Educational Science.  She has published over 100 journal articles and a popular introductory text book in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Rebecca Vance, M.S., CCC-SLP
Senior Research Specialist

Room 312
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building [map]
520-626-9332 (office)
520-621-9901 (fax)
rbvance[at]email.arizona.edu

Biographical Information

Rebecca Vance is a certified speech-language pathologist who has been engaged in research for the past twenty years. She manages daily laboratory operations and oversees data collection both on campus and at off-site locations. She is actively involved with student research training and regularly contributes to laboratory publications.


Dianne Patterson, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Room 314
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building [map]
520-621-9877 (office)
dkp[at]email.arizona.edu

Biographical Information

Dianne Patterson has a Masters in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Psychology. She used imaging technologies to model the articulatory apparatus of the African Grey parrot for her doctoral work with Alex the parrot

Since getting her Ph.D., Dianne has become increasingly interested in imaging technologies and is currently exploring how connectivitly analysis can help us to understand the language network in the human brain. She aquires and curates fMRI and DTI data for Dr. Plante's lab and is an active collaborator in Dr. Beeson's lab.


Christopher (CJ) Vance, B.S.
Research Staff

Room 309
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building [map]
520-621-0108 (office)
cjvance[at]email.arizoan.edu

Biographical Information

CJ began working in the Plante Lab as a part of the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) more than three years ago. During the summer of his junior year, CJ traveled to Bergen, Norway to collaborate with Dr. Karsten Specht on an fMRI project studying the effects of music on emotional processing. Since graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, CJ began pursuing his research in the Plante Lab fulltime. Although CJ participates in all aspects of the research beign conducted by the Plante Lab, his main area of study lies in finding the neural basis of developmental language disorders and improving fMRI imaging techniques. Currently, his main project focuses on determining the effectiveness of different motion correction techniques used in fMRI processing.


Doctoral and Postdoctoral Students

Jessica Aguilar, M.S., CCC-SLP
Doctoral Student

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
jaguilar[at]email.arizona.edu

Natalie Daily, M.S., CCC-SLP
Doctoral Student

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
natsdailey[at]gmail.com

Leah Kapa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences               
520-626-0831 (office)
leahkapa[at]email.arizona.edu

Trianna Oglivie, M.S., CCC-SLP
Doctoral Student

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences              
triannnao[at]email.arizona.edu