Research Team

Principal Investigator

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.

Project Coordinator

Doctoral Research Assistants

KAW Story Project Coordinator, Word and Sound Learning Lab Manager
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) and how they support spelling development. Her long-term goals 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 examining the unique and interdependent influences of phonology and orthography on spelling in children with dyslexia. 

Mollee Pezold is doctoral student student in the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas. Mollee's research interests include language assessment for preschool and school-age children. Specifically, she is interested in optimizing language sample analysis measures for diagnosis and goal-setting use in everyday clinical settings.

Adrienne Pitt 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.

Master's Students

Undergraduate Students

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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