Lab Director

Ben Parrell

Position title: Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders


Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dinglan Tang


I am a postdoctoral fellow at  Speech Motor Neuroscience Group at UW–Madison, a collaboration between the Brain, Language, and Acoustic Behavior Lab (PI: Niziolek) and the Speech Motor Action + Control Lab (PI: Parrell). My research focuses on the mechanisms underlying sensorimotor learning in speech at both behavioral and neural level.


I completed my PhD in Speech&Brain lab at University of Oxford in the global pandemic (2020) with Kate Watkins and co-mentor Charlotte Stagg. My PhD work focused on the auditory-motor interactions during both speech perception and production. I use a mixture of behavioural testing (e.g. real-time feedback perturbation), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Magnetoencephalography/electroencephalography (M/EEG).

Research Staff

Chris Naber


I earned a B.A. in Psychology-Linguistics and Music Performance from Emory University in 2015. After completing UW-Madison’s CSD capstone program in Summer 2019, I began working in SMAC lab. I now program experiments related to timing in speech, assist students on their projects, and improve lab tools, such as Audapter. I hope to attend graduate school to study speech in context.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Amanda Goldstein


I am a junior from New Jersey, so excited to be assisting in research! I am interested in the mechanisms behind speech, specifically understanding the brains function throughout speech production.  I hope to become a speech language pathologist one day, aiding in fluency and articulation.

Jenna Krakauer


I am a senior 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.

MacKenzie Maccaux


I am an undergraduate senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and am planning to go to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology and/or research. I have great interest in the relationship between cognitive function and speech production, and how brain damage can immensely alter how we speak.

Erin Murdoch


I am a junior majoring in communication sciences & disorders and psychology. I plan to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist. I am particularly interested in the connection between neuroscience and speech.

Tahseen Shaik


I am a senior 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.

Emily Tesch


I am an undergraduate sophomore here at UW Madison majoring in Neurobiology and Spanish. I am particularly interested in the neuroscience behind speech production from a multilingual linguistics perspective.