Our Team

Principal investigator

Marie Moore Channell, Ph.D.

Marie ChannellDr. Channell's research focuses on the development of language, cognition, and social-emotional skills in individuals with Down syndrome or other neurodevelopmental disorders associated with intellectual disability (e.g., fragile X syndrome; autism spectrum disorder), particularly during middle childhood and adolescence. Her questions are framed by how skills in these domains work together to influence everyday communication in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Channell earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2012. Following her PhD, she spent 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, where she received interdisciplinary training in the Autism Research Training Program (NRSA T32, NIMH). She joined the faculty of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor in 2015.


Lab Members

Graduate Research Assistant

Shealyn Ashby, B.S.

Shealyn AshbyShealyn is a second year Master's student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. After graduation, she plans to earn her ASHA clinical certification before returning to continue her education by pursing a doctoral degree in Speech and Hearing Science.

Graduate Research Assistant

Lauren Siragusa, B.S.

Lauren SiragusaLauren is a graduate research assistant in the Intellectual Disabilities Communication Lab. She is currently enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Master’s Program. Her interests vary from working with adults with aphasia to children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Project Coordinator

Emily Stratton, B.A., B.S.

Emily StrattonEmily is a graduate research assistant in the IDCL responsible for recruiting and project coordination. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in School Social Work.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caitlyn Boni

Caitlyn BoniCaitlyn is a senior studying Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research interests include social communication in various intellectual and developmental disabilities. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. focused on these interests.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Teresa Kubiak

Teresa KubiakTeresa is a junior studying Speech and Hearing Science and plans on continuing her education to earn a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Her main interests in the field are acquired communication disorders in geriatric populations and also intellectual disabilities.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Melissa Pietrowicz

Melissa PietrowiczMelissa is a sophomore studying Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a pediatric speech-language pathologist.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Katie Schuelke

Katie SchuelkeKatie is a junior pursuing a degree in Speech and Hearing Science and plans to continue on to graduate school for speech-language pathology. Katie has a passion for working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, and she hopes to serve those in developing countries as a Speech-Language Pathologist.