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Yvonne Ralph

Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab, Callier Center for Communication Disorders

University of Texas at Dallas

Yvonne Ralph earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech language pathology and audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology also at UTD. Her research interests include studying the relationship between children's language and spatial cognition development.



Dr. Christopher Parker


Texas Wesleyan University

Dr. Christopher Parker is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Texas Wesleyan University.  After receiving his training in Microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  He taught briefly at Purdue University Calumet before accepting his current role at Texas Wesleyan.  His research interests far into two broad categories: microbial genetics and science education.  His microbial genetics research focusses on understanding how microbes alter their gene expression in response to external signals.  His other research interest is improving the way in which science is taught by better understanding how students learn.  Dr. Parker is a member of the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and was a recent participant in the Biology Scholars Program.  More information can be found at

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.

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).

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