People

Gerry A Stefanatos, D. Phil., Director

Dr. Stefanatos received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal and his doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Oxford in England. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario, he taught at Trinity University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He then moved to Philadelphia to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Director of Neuropsychological Services at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. In 1993, he accepted a position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and began his own Center for Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology. He then went on to pursue a research career as Director of the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and collaborated on functional neuroimaging studies with colleagues at the Center for Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Pennsylvania. After serving as Chairman of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University, he now holds the position of Associate Professor and Director of the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory.

Lab Assistants

Katelyn Carson| Summer 2018 – Present | BA, Speech-Language-Hearing (Anticipated 2019)

Katelyn is a senior in the College of Public Health at Temple University studying Speech-Language Pathology with a Clinical Psychology minor. Her future plans include pursuing her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the fall of 2019 while continuing research throughout graduate school. Katelyn is part of the executive board of Temple University’s Deaf Culture club, Talking Hands, and has acquired a certificate in American Sign language (ASL). With her ASL knowledge, she intends on working/advocating for the Deaf community as a future clinician. Katelyn is interested in working with adults suffering from neurological disorders due to stroke or illness and hopes that her participation in the lab will enrich her practice as a future SLP.

Lauren Colletti| Summer 2018 – Present | BA, Speech-Language-Hearing (Anticipated 2020)

Lauren is a junior at Temple University studying Speech-Language-Hearing Science with a Cognitive Neuroscience minor. She hopes that her time spent in the lab will enrich both her Speech-Language Hearing Science background as well as her cognitive neuroscience interests. With a certificate in American Sign Language (ASL), Lauren also plans on working closely with the Deaf community. As a future clinician Lauren aspires to work with adults who have suffered from neurological disorders and plans on continuing with research both during and after graduate school.

Kara Ozimkiewicz| Summer 2018 – Present | BA, Speech-Language-Hearing (Anticipated 2019)

Kara is a senior studying Speech-Language Pathology with a Clinical Psychology minor here at Temple University. She plans on attending graduate school next fall to receive her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Kara is vice president of Temple University’s Deaf Culture club, Talking Hands and has a certificate in American Sign Language (ASL). With her certificate in ASL, Kara hopes to be able to work with the Deaf Community in the future. She is also interested in working with adults suffering from neurological disorders due to stroke or illness. Kara values her participation in the lab and hopes to be able to apply the lab’s findings during her future clinical practices.

Swati Patel| Summer 2018 – Present | BA, Speech-Language-Hearing (Anticipated 2019)

Swati Patel is a Speech Language Hearing Major who hopes to pursue a degree in the medical field. Many subjects within medicine interest Swati and her goal is to find her passion through working with various professionals. By working and shadowing under a diverse pool of clinicians, Swati has also learned the importance of educating those she helps. Her goal, not just as a clinician but as a active member of society, is to make a positive impact on each person she meets

Rebecca Vallaro| Summer 2018 – Present | BA, Speech-Language-Hearing (Anticipated 2019)

Rebecca is a senior at Temple University studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. She plans to attend graduate school to receive her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Rebecca wants to continue with research in graduate school in hopes that it will aid her in becoming a good clinician in the future

Connor Love| Summer 2018 – Present | BS, Neuroscience (Anticipated 2019)

Connor is a senior at Temple University pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience. He plans on going on to receive a masters in either Neuroscience or Psychology. His main interests are language disorders and how stressors such as poverty or traumatic events can effect cognitive development. His goal is to one day apply what he has learned to help those afflicted with these conditions lead better lives.