Daniel Swingley, Ph.D.
Dr. Swingley is the director of the Infant Language Center. He is a professor in the Psychology Department at Penn. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and came to Penn in 2003 after several years doing child language research in the Netherlands.
Yakov Kronrod, Ph.D.
Dr. Kronrod (ok, Yakov) received his B.S. in Mathematics from WPI in 2002 and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2014. In between he worked as a community organizer, high-tech developer, and public school teacher. As a post-doc, he will explore language learning and processing with both infants and adult second language learners, with a focus on phonetic categories. Outside of the lab, Yakov is a certified massage therapist, ordained marriage officiant, and self-proclaimed singer-songwriter. He lives with Click, his amazing cat.
Angelica Buerkin-Salgado
Angelica received a B.A. in cognitive science from Johns Hopkins in 2011. She spent 2 years working on early language production and processing at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception in Paris. She is now a grad student at Penn an plans to continue exploring how babies approach the challenge of language acquisition. Known to write the occasional restaurant review or short story, she devotes some time to hiking, yoga, and balcony gardening.
Elizabeth Crutchley
Elizabeth (Liz) joined the Infant Language Center as lab manager in June 2014. As a Philly native and a first-generation college student, she is interested in improving educational outcomes and opportunities for underprivileged youth. In her free time, she loves hiking and kayaking with her husband and dog, as well as biking, archery, and taking pictures of her grumpy cat, Waffles.
Ayla Taylor
Ayla is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Cognitive Science. She grew up in the small town of Port Townsend, Washington, so this big, East Coast city is a fun new adventure for her. She enjoys baking, critically analyzing books and tv shows, crocheting and rambling about linguistic concepts that none of her friends understand.
Madeleine Barclay
Maddy Barclay is a junior in the College majoring in Linguistics and Psychology, with a minor in Near Eastern Studies. She was born and raised in Canterbury, England before moving to a small town in Connecticut in 2001. After graduation, she hopes to attend a graduate program for pediatric speech-language pathology. In her free time, she enjoys singing, hiking and traveling.
Kelly Ha
Kelly Ha is a junior in the College majoring in cognitive science with a minor in East Asian studies, originally from Yorktown, Virginia. After graduating, she would like to enter a graduate program for speech pathology and eventually work with children with disabilities. In her spare time, Kelly likes being with the Penn band, trying new restaurants, reading, and travel.
Giorgia Di Lauro
Giorgia began volunteering at the Penn Infant Language Center in March 2014. She comes from Italy, where she works as a children's speech-language pathologist at ASS1 of Trieste. She graduated from the University of Rome in 2007 and got a MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Trieste in 2011. She is here to learn more about child development research and have a great experience of American culture and lifestyle.

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