People

Director

Liberty Hamilton

Liberty Hamilton, Ph.D.

Dr. Hamilton completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Neurosurgery. Her research interests include how speech sounds are represented in the auditory cortex and how these representations change during learning, development, and as a result of plasticity. To investigate this, she applies computational methods to intracranial electrophysiological recordings from patients undergoing surgical treatment for epilepsy. This work involves collaborations with clinicians and epileptologists at Austin's Dell Children's Hospital and through the UT Dell Medical School. Dr. Hamilton holds a joint appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School.

She is also affiliated with the UT Austin Institute for Neuroscience.

Graduate Students

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Mary Lowery

Mary Lowery is a 2nd year Masters student in the Speech Language Pathology program and is working on a project investigating speech and music perception. Her other research interests include audiovisual speech perception and speech-on-speech recognition.

PhD student Garret Kurteff

Garret Kurteff

Garret Kurteff is a 1st year PhD student in the CSD program also pursuing a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. His background is in psychology, linguistics, and neurosurgery. In the Hamilton Lab, he hopes to answer questions about the neurobiology of speech production via electrophysiological methods. The phrase “Broca’s Area” causes him to cringe visibly.

PhD student Maansi Desai

Maansi Desai

Maansi Desai is a 1st year PhD student in the CSD program. Her background is in piano performance and neuroscience. During her time in the Hamilton lab, she is interested in utilizing electrophysiological methods (ECoG/EEG) to understand the overlapping neural substrates of speech and music production.

Undergraduate Students

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Natalie Clark

Natalie Clark is a 4th year undergraduate student in the CSD program. She is particularly interested in sign language, strokes, dementia, and aims to learn more about dyslexia with speech and sign language.

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Jade Holder

Jade Holder is a 3rd year undergraduate student in the CSD program. She is particularly interested in language and cognition in adults, and aims to discover more about the similarities and differences between music and speech processing.

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Cassandra Villarreal

Cassandra Villarreal is a 3rd year undergraduate in the CSD program. She is particularly interested in both dysphagia and the SLP role in the hospital setting, and aims to learn more about the assessment and treatment of individuals in inpatient care.

Research Assistant

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Noora Raad

Noora Raad is a recent graduate from the CSD program at UT. She is particularly interested in language and cognition in both children and adults, and aims to be an SLP with a focus on cognitive communication.

Collaborators

Dave Clarke, MD, MBBS

Department of Pediatrics, Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Bharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D

UT Austin Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Maya Henry, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

UT Austin Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Edward Chang, MD

Department of Neurosurgery & Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco

Fred Perkins, MD

Dell Children's Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Mark Lee, MD, PhD

Dell Children's Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, & Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School

Nancy Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Pediatric Neuropsychology, Dell Children's Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Jeffrey Titus, PhD

Section Chief, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Dell Children's Medical Center. Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin.

Paul Ferrari, PhD

MEG Research Director, Dell Children's Medical Center. Associate Research Professor, Department of Psychology, UT Austin

Alumni

Shun Kobayashi

Rotation student (2018). Current: Ballard Lab.