People

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.
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.
Madelyn Levasseur
Maddy is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in ASL/Deaf studies. Originally from Baltimore, she enjoys volunteering in the Philadelphia area, especially at local schools! After graduating she would like to work with children who have disabilities and see how her sign language background can help facilitate these children's ability to communicate.
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.
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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