Research Team

Principal Investigator

Holly Storkel
Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success
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.

Doctoral Research Assistants

Graduate Research Assistant

Kelly Berry is doctoral student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Kelly's research interests include studying early language environments and vocabulary interventions. Kelly is also motivated to find effective ways of increasing interprofessional collaboration and community involvement to close the word gap.

Lab Coordinator, Graduate Research Assistant

Mollee is currently a PhD student studying speech–language pathology at KU. She is interested in helping SLPs more easily implement evidence-based practices, particularly for language screening and assessment with preschool and school-age children.

Graduate Research Assistant

Jomalie Liborio is a clinical doctoral (SLPD) student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Jomalie is interested in supporting the development and implementation of effective and appropriate services for the bilingual population. Administration is also another research interest for her.

Master's Students

Graduate Research Assistant
Alaina Phillips is a masters student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Alaina has enjoyed serving pediatric clients in her clinical experiences, and has a great interest in serving children who use AAC and sign language to communicate. Her dream is to work as an SLP in a private clinic serving children with complex medical diagnoses.
Hourly Graduate Research Assistant

Alondra Del Real is a masters student in the intercampus program in Communicative Disorders at the university of Kansas. Alondra has enjoyed serving adults and children in her clinical experiences and hopes to continue doing so after her clinical fellowship year. Alondra aspires to work with diverse/bilingual populations in the future.  

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Grace Davis is an undergraduate student studying Speech Language Hearing at the University of Kansas. She developed a special interest in working alongside children with autism spectrum disorder and is working to obtain the Undergraduate Certificate in Learning and Communication in Children with Autism. Grace’s career goals are to work as a speech-language pathologist in a school setting.

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