• Olivia Boorom, CF-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Fellow
    Hearing and Speech Sciences

    Olivia Boorom recently graduated from East Carolina University where she received her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and she is thrilled to begin her clinical fellowship as a speech-language pathologist. Her primary area of interest is emergent language and social communication in children on the autism spectrum, and she completed a master’s thesis related to emergent literacy skills in preschoolers with autism. In 2016, she received her B.A. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Tar Heel born and bred. In her free time, she loves hiking and (attempting to) cook.

  • Talia Liu

    Research Analyst
    Otolaryngology

    Talia Liu is originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, right outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas where she majored in both Cognitive Sciences and Psychology. Her research has focused on language development in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder, infant language development, and speech perception. She enjoys working with infants and children, as well as with individuals with autism. She hopes to eventually pursue a graduate degree in psychology or speech language pathology and continue working directly with children. In her free time, Talia likes to play her instruments (mainly piano and oboe), and eat pizza, soup noodles, and dumplings.

     

  • Valerie Munoz

    Research Analyst
    Otolaryngology

    Valerie Munoz was born and raised in Northern California where she attended Modesto Junior College. She graduated in 2017 with her B.S. in Cognitive Science after transferring to U.C. Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!). During her time at UCSC, she worked in Dr. Jean E. Foxtree’s Spontaneous Communication Lab studying sarcasm in written communication. Her main research interests include language development, motivation and decision making, and creativity. In 2014, she spent 10 months as a Corps Member with AmeriCorps NCCC travelling around the Midwest with her team of volunteers in a 15-passenger van, doing various service projects. On her off time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, eating farmers’ market samples, and finding the best breakfast burrito in the city.

  • Meredith Watson

    Research Analyst
    Otolaryngology

    Meredith Watson recently graduated with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Rochester in upstate New York. She was also born and raised in Rochester, so she’s excited to finally live somewhere warm. At UofR, she worked for Dr. Loisa Bennetto in the Developmental Neuropsychology lab where she studied neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism. Her main research interest is the linguistic development of children on the autism spectrum. When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys acting, singing, dancing, and crafting.

  • Youjia Wang

    Research Analyst
    Otolaryngology

    Youjia Wang graduated from Vanderbilt with a major in neuroscience and a minor in music. His prior research has focused on examining how the rhythms and timings present in social interactions can entrain attention. Currently, he is working under Dr. Gordon on projects related to the genetic and neurologic basis of rhythm and grammar skills. He hopes to continue to medical school in Fall 2020, but does not yet know what kind of specialty he is interested in. In his free time, Youjia is involved in club water polo and plays flute for the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra.