Allison Bassett received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies, and after a stint in the Peace Corps, she started working in academia research where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the lab. Ms. Bassett’s passion is community public health, wherein she works for a local non-profit organization that serves at-risk populations. Ms. Bassett enjoys camping and being outdoors, cooking for family and friends, and drinking wine.
Cindy O’Grady Farnady
Ms. Farnady is a native signer and has been involved in sign language research for over 20 years. Ms. Farnady works with researchers on a variety of projects, and is primarily responsible for recruiting deaf participants for our studies.
Laurie Glezer received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. Prior to her doctoral work in Neuroscience she was a practicing clinical and research Speech-Language Pathologist. She uses behavioral, fMRI and EEG techniques to examine the neural underpinnings and temporal dynamics of reading and the neural architecture associated with reading and its disorders. Generally, she is interested in understanding the factors that lead to skilled reading, what factors are at play when a person does not acquire typical reading skills, and what can be done to successfully develop or remediate a person’s reading ability.
Stephen McCullough, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen McCullough received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. McCullough uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural systems that underlie sign language and the cognitive systems that support sign language processing (e.g. face recognition, motion perception).
Zed Sevcikova-Sehyr, Ph.D.
Dr. Zed Sevcikova-Sehyr received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Perceptual and Brain Sciences from University College London, Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL). Her thesis examined perception and categorization of handling constructions in British Sign Language and gesture. In DCAL, she also worked as a research assistant on a project investigating acquisition of predicate structures, gesture, and embodiment (constructed action) by deaf children with various BSL backgrounds. Dr. Sevcikova-Sehyr’s research interests currently include the role of short-term memory in fingerspelling and print and the effects of modality on spatial processing.