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Dr. Mandy Maguire

Director, Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab, Callier Center for Communication Disorders

University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Mandy Maguire earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Penn State University followed by her PhD in Developmental Psychology at Temple University in 2005.  She then spent 2 years studying electrophysiology and cognitive neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Louisville. She is currently the director of the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab housed in the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UTD and her research interests include studying children's language development through behavioral and brain responses. Mandy’s primary goal is to use behaviors and brain responses to understand the best environments for children to learn language. She uses much of this work as a foundation for better understanding language disorders and delays.

Dr. Haiyan Fan

Author, Chinestory Series

Haiyan Fan, PhD, holds degrees in management information systems, applied linguistics, and ESL education. A user experience research professional and former language teacher, Haiyan brought the principles and expertise of User Experience Design into the design of an innovative language curriculum – the Chinestory series. Her hope is to make learning Chinese a meaningful, long-lasting and fun experience.  A native Chinese speaker, Haiyan came to Texas in 2000. She now resides with her husband and two young children in Dallas.   


Xue (Michelle) Yang

 Visiting Research Scholar

University of North Texas

  Xue (Michelle) Yang, UNT Visiting Research Scholar, is on the faculty of the Educational Technology Department at Shanghai International Studies University. A designer, trainer, and graphic facilitator, she develops and delivers instruction on visual culture and media literacy. She has provided designing, training and course development services to students in a variety of venues, from primary schools and universities to Fortune 500 corporations. Michelle is the author of Learn Slides Design via Stories (China: Electronic Industry Press, 2014).



  Dr. Catherine Spann

  Research Scientist, Social and Affective Computing

  University of Texas at Arlington

 Dr. Catherine Spann serves as Research Scientist: Social and Affective Computing in LINK Research Lab ​ at the University of    Texas at Arlington​ . She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2010 and her Ph.D. in    Experimental Psychology from UTA in 2016. Catherine’s research focuses on the role of contemplative practices in mental and    physical health and general well-being, exploring the psychophysiological impact of such practices. She has led numerous    research studies in controlled lab settings, museums, and classrooms with both children and adults on the topic of mindfulness    and self-regulation. Her research engages in wearable and mobile technologies in order to increase understanding of the      physiological and psychological factors that lead to wellness and successful learning.


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