Students & Alumni of the Educational Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Geo Kartheiser currently resides at Dr. Laura Ann Petitto's Brain and Language Laboratory (BL2) where he has been certified through advanced training to operate a neuroimaging equipment comparable to EROS, functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. He received his B.S. in advertising and public relations from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. While a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, he was involved with several studies spearheaded by Dr. Peter Hauser of Deaf Studies Laboratory. Prior to his graduate school studies, he served as the visiting research coordinator for Dr. Matthew Dye's Cross-Modal Plasticity Laboratory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In his role at Dr. Dye's laboratory, he assisted with a project that utilized a new, non-invasive neuroimaging technique known as Event-Related Optical Signal (EROS) in order to learn more about the effects of deafness on visual functions. He aims to apply his certification and advanced training to his Ph.D. endeavor by studying the cognitive impact of learning a signed language as a second language. He is also interested in how scientists can improve their relationship with the public. When not wearing the lab coat, Geo enjoys cycling, running, and eating exotic food.   Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto     Secondary Advisor: Dr. Deborah Chen-Pichler

Adam Stone is a a research assistant with the NSF Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) and the Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory (BL2). Originally from San Diego, Adam earned his M.A. in ASL/English Bilingual Education at the University of California, San Diego, in 2010, and taught kindergarten and first grade at P.S. 347 The ASL and English Lower School in New York City. His research interests are in educational technology and neuroscience perspectives on literacy development and bilingual reading. He is also a published children's book author, trains teachers on best practices in using iPad technology in educational settings, and blogs at Adam Stone at Academia.eduttp://    Primary Adivsor: Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto     Secondary Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Neese Bailes/ Dr. Maribel Garate

Diana Andriola

Diana Andriola joined Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto's Brain and Language Laboratory (BL2) in the Fall of 2013 as a graduate intern where she received certification in functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Prior to studying at Gallaudet, she earned her BA in Deaf Studies from California State University Northridge where she began to explore her research interests in second language acquisition and literacy development for deaf readers who have acquired their first language later in life. During the summer of 2014, she visited Dr. Carol Padden's Center for Research in Language (CRL) at University of California San Diego as a research intern. At CRL, she assisted on a project using Kinect technology for recording the hand and arm movements of gesturers and signers in order to better understand the affordances of phonology, specifically concerning rate and redundancy of meaningful units. As a student in PEN, she is interested in understanding how findings demonstrating positive correlations between ASL phonological awareness and literacy development in your deaf learners can translate to the unique needs of older deaf learners who struggle with reading and writing and have experienced delays in their first language exposure. Primary Advisor: Dr. Clifton Langdon      Secondary Advisor: Dr. Gaurav Mathur

Bradley E. White, a resident of Dr. Clifton Langdon's Language and Educational Neuroscience Laboratory and Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto's Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging, joined the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program at Gallaudet University in 2015.  He received his bachelor of science, summa cum laude, in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in psychology in 2014 from The Honors College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas.  Bradley has academic and clinical training in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, and pharmacology, holding national certification with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and state registration with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.  His research interests explore the neurochemical and neurophysiological relationships between the brain and augmented hearing sensation via hearing technologies (e.g., hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory brainstem implants).  Bradley aims to elucidate this relationship by examining variations in types of auditory input signals, such as an acoustic input signal from a hearing aid or an electric input signal from a cochlear implant or auditory brainstem implant.  Specifically, he is interested in the body's response to these different signals in terms of listening effort, which may aid in a better understanding of stress and fatigue in hearing loss.  Bradley further aspires to translate the scientific and theoretical findings of his research to implications for education and learning.  Primary Advisor: Dr. Clifton LangdonSecondary Advisor: Dr. Julie Mitchiner


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