Lab Director

Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble

Assistant professor, received her PhD from Indiana University and held an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Departments of Psychology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include the role of phonological knowledge in speech processing; first-language phonological acquisition; online processing and word recognition in special populations, especially individuals with cochlear implants; and weighted-constraint-based theories of phonology. Ashley uses eye-tracking in the visual world paradigm as a real-time measure of speech processing and word recognition.


Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier

Anne-Michelle is a phonologist specializing in acquisition, constraint-based grammars, learning algorithms, and child L1 and L2 production.  From 2006 to 2016 she was faculty in Linguistics at the University of Alberta; she has also taught at the University of Michigan and the 2013 LSA Summer Institute, and in 2015 published a textbook "Phonological Acquisition: Child Language and Constraint-Based Grammar" (Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently PI of a SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2019) studying childhood L2 English production and perception among young Canadian immigrants. She is also an Associate Editor for the open access journal Glossa.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Claire Moore-Cantwell

Claire is a phonologist specializing in phonological variation, constraint-based models of phonology, learning algorithms, and the interface of phonology and psycholinguistics, especially speech processing and the structure of the lexicon.  She received her PhD from UMass Amherst in 2016, and since then has taught at Yale and UConn.  She is currently working on Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier's SSHRC Insight Grant, studying early L2 acquisition of English.