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.
Sho Tsuji, Ph.D.
Sho received a Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands on a comparison of speech sound acquisition in Dutch- and Japanese-learning babies in 2014. During her first postdoc in Paris, France, she has started working on the role of social cues on babies' word learning, a topic she will further explore at Penn. In her free time, she enjoys blogging about research and life, yoga, and making jewelry.
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
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 fashion.
Joseph Coffey
Joe is a junior in the College double majoring in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. He grew up in Northern California, but attended middle school and high school in Massachusetts. He spent a year at UC San Diego before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. He also works as an annotator for the Penn Discourse Treebank just down the hall. After graduation, he hopes to continue his studies and pursue a PhD in linguistics. When he's not in the lab or studying, he enjoys weightlifting, singing, and cooking.
Lucy Guida
Lucy is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences who intends to major in Psychology with a minor in either Spanish or Italian. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and would like to explore somewhere new for a time after she graduates and before attempting to enter a graduate program. In her spare time she likes to run, sing with her singing group (the Penn Sirens), read novels, and slack-line.
Reem AlRabiah
Reem is a sophomore at the School of Arts and Science who intends to major in Psychology and minor in Religious Studies. She was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After graduation she hopes to continue her studies in early education. In her spare time, Reem enjoys yoga, reading, and going to the movies.
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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