People

Research Team

Principal Investigator

Professor, Chair, Speech-Language-Hearing
785-864-0497
3001 Dole Human Development Center

Holly L. Storkel is a Professor of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She is the director of the Word and Sound Learning Lab. Her current research focuses on how children build a lexicon by examining the acquisition, organization, and processing of novel words and known words. The primary goal is to bring converging evidence to bear on the mutual influence of phonological and lexical development in normal and clinical populations of preschool children.

Project Coordinator

KAW Story Project Coordinator, Word and Sound Learning Lab Manager
785-864-4873
3086 Dole Human Development Center

Rouzana Komesidou is a doctoral candidate in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Her research interests focus on the interplay between language domains (e.g., phonology, orthography) to support spelling development. Her long-term goals will aim to 1) understand the use of spelling strategies in children with language and learning disabilities, and 2) translate research findings into effective diagnostic and treatment programs. Rouzana is currently working towards her dissertation, focusing on the unique and interdependent influences of phonology and orthography on spelling in children with dyslexia. 

Doctoral Research Assistants

Mollee Pezold is a current master’s student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. She plans to continue to the doctoral program. Mollee is interested the factors that influence children’s word learning. She also is interested in school-based speech-language service delivery.

Breanna Krueger is a doctoral student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Breanna's research goal is to understand how what children hear influences the sounds and words they produce and understand. She wants to explore how that influence can be used to develop better treatment practices. Her research interests include the use of psycholinguistic methods to understand the underlying mechanisms that help children learn at phonetic, phonological and lexical levels.

Adrienne Latta is a doctoral student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Adrienne developed an interest in child language research while serving as a speech-language pathologist in the public school setting. Her main research interest is receptive language assessment in individuals with minimal verbal expression. Specifically, she wants to explore various modes of access to assessment as well as the level of content targeted on assessments. Her goal is to optimize evaluation in order to improve intervention and goal selection.

Research Collaborators

Hugh W. CattsFlorida State University
Judith A. Gierut, Indiana University
Tiffany HoganUniversity of Nebraska
Michele L. Morrisette, Indiana University
Michael S. Vitevitch, University of Kansas

Jill HooverIndiana University
Suzanne AdlofUniversity of South Carolina

Affiliated Centers

Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders
Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies


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