Our Team

Principal Investigator

Kristen Allison, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Kristen Allison, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Laboratory Director

Office: Forsyth 228 B
Phone: 617-373-3697
Email: k.allison@northeastern.edu

Dr. Allison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and the director of the SMILe Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has extensive clinical and research experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disabilities and is passionate about improving speech and communication outcomes for children.

View Dr. Allison Curriculum Vitae

Research Assistants

Alyssa Sims

Alyssa Sims

Graduate Research Assistant

Alyssa is a first year student in the Speech-Language Pathology Masters Program. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a minor in dance. Her interests in the field include Early intervention, neurological speech disorders, speech tech, and motor speech disorders.

Amy Shah

Amy Shah

Graduate Research Assistant

Amy is a first year student in the Masters in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program. She recently graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with 2 degrees: B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Child Learning and Development. She hopes to be able to work with different populations and make a difference in the community!

Ariel Hylton

Ariel Hylton

Graduate Research Assistant

Ariel is a second year graduate student in the Masters in Speech-Language Pathology program. She recently graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture. After she graduates in 2022, she hopes to work with both pediatric and adult clients who are bilingual and present with motor speech disorders.

April Pierson

April Pierson

Graduate Research Assistant

April is a first year student in the Masters in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program. She recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a minor in Special Education. After she graduates in 2023, she hopes to be working in a medical setting with pediatric or adult clients.

Jacob Lascano

Jacob Lascano

Graduate Research Assistant

Lauren Sullivan

Lauren Sullivan

Graduate Research Assistant

Lauren is in her first year of her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program. Lauren completed 2 independent research studies in undergrad, and plans to continue her research in Motor Speech Disorders in graduate school as well. She graduated with her BS in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University. Lauren was a college swimmer at BGSU and now is the Graduate Assistant for the Northeastern University Swimming and Diving Program.

Research Coordinator

Michelle is a recent graduate broadly interested in language processing, production, and learning.

Caitlin Kinsella

Caitlin Kinsella

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caitlin is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Communication Studies. Her plan is to apply to graduate school for Audiology.

Isabel Chalem

Isabel Chalem

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Isabel is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying Health Science on a pre-medicine track. Her research interests are in people with disabilities as well as factors that influence access to care.

Jamie Klag

Jamie Klag

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jamie is a third-year undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Psychology. Her plan is to apply to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology.

Lauren Ho

Lauren Ho

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lauren is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying Health Science on a pre-medicine track.  Her goal is to work with children in the surgical departments.

Maggie Camelio

Maggie Camelio

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lab Alumni

Sina Salehi

Sina Salehi

MS '21, BS '17, Former Lab Manager

Laura Shillingsberg

Laura Shillingsberg

BA '19, Former Lab Manager

Kayla Doherty

Kayla Doherty

MS '19

Haley Bouchard

Haley Bouchard

BS '21, Former Lab Manager

Gaby Capano

Gaby Capano

MS '19

Jessica Bren

Jessica Bren

MS '21

Jess completed her master’s thesis entitled Effects of Automaticity and Melody on Speaking Rate in Preschoolers.