Alyson Abel, PhD (Master's Thesis Title: Word learning: The effect of phonological awareness, 2006) is an Assistant Professor (beginning Fall 2014) in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. Alyson was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders (2012-2014). She earned her PhD from the Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas (Dissertation title: Effects of verb familiarity on finiteness marking in children with SLI; Advisor: Mabel Rice, PhD) and her MS. in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt (Master's Thesis Title: Word learning: The effect of phonological awareness; Advisor: C. Melanie Schuele, PhD.) Alyson's primary research interests lie in the areas of word learning, particularly verb learning, and behavioral neurolinguistics. Specifically, her research focuses on how EEG measures the online process of noun and verb learning in typically developing children, children with SLI and children from low SES families.