People

Lab Director

Ben Parrell

Position title: Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Email: bparrell@wisc.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Research Staff

Chris Naber

Email: cwnaber@wisc.edu

I’ve worked in SMAC Lab since the summer of 2019. Before that, I graduated from Emory University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology-Linguistics and Music Performance then worked at Epic as a Technical Solutions Engineer. In 2018 I returned to academia to complete UW-Madison’s CSD capstone program. I’m applying to graduate programs related to speech perception for Fall 2021.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Mackenzie Bugg

Email: mbugg@wisc.edu

I am a senior here at UW-Madison, and I am majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  I hope to one day become a speech language pathologist.  I am extremely interested in the mechanisms behind speech.

Taijing Chen

Email: tchen284@wisc.edu

I am an undergraduate sophomore in University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in computer science & mathematics. I am interested in the differences and similarity between the mechanism of human brains and that of artificial intelligence, and applying my science background to the research.

Jenna Krakauer

Email: jkrakauer@wisc.edu

I am a junior majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Music Performance, and am planning to go to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist. Motor movement in speech and it’s applications to people with neurodegenerative disorders is of particular interest to me. The more we know about the speech-motor system, the more we can learn about these disorders.

Brenden Mock

Email: bmock@wisc.edu

I am an undergraduate Senior at UW-Madison majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have a particular interest in the complexity of the speech mechanism, and the ability of healthy speakers to perform this complex task effortlessly.

Dylan Senn

Email: dsenn2@wisc.edu

I am a freshman majoring in Neurobiology, Psychology, and Computer Science.  I am interested in understanding the complexities of neural networks especially within speech and motor planning, and I hope to translate that to my knowledge of computers and artificial intelligence to help with further research.

Tahseen Shaik

Email: tshaik@wisc.edu

I am a sophomore at UW Madison majoring in Neurobiology, and I hope to pursue a career in medicine. I am especially interested in cognitive psychology and understanding the neuroscience of speech production.

Kathleen Zarnott

Email: zarnott@wisc.edu

I am a senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and I plan to go to graduate school to become a speech pathologist. I find learning about how motor planning influences speech production in typical and atypical populations to be fascinating, and applying these principles to research to be even more exciting.

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