IIIW Lab Alumni

In the Insight into Infants’ Internal Worlds Lab, we are happy to see our members move on to new pursuits, but always sad to see them go! Here are some of our lab alumni.

Stephanie S. Bentley

I received my Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Michigan State University in 2011. My professional interests are in parent-child interactions of children from birth to 3 years of age because I believe parents are a child’s most important teacher. I am also interested in the social and language development of young children. In the IIIW Lab, I was involved in the coding of the Language of Emotion-Regulation in Toddlerhood study with the IIIW lab. In May of 2011 I presented a poster from this project titled The Language of Self-Regulation in Toddlerhood: Content of Mothers’ Speech Affects Child’s Self-Regulation Strategies at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum at Michigan State University. I am now a Head Teacher for the Infant Classroom at Early Learning Children’s Community, the laboratory school at Lansing Community College.

Elizabeth Gutowski

I graduated from MSU in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.  I am interested in race, ethnicity, gender, and culture in development; identity-formation; anti-bias and multicultural approaches to education; and teacher-child relationships.  In the IIIW Lab, I coded parent and child language in the Parents’ Scaffolding Puzzle Solving (PSPS) study, which examines the role of language and gesture in parent-child communication during puzzle-solving.  I presented preliminary results of this study in How Parents Lend A Helping Hand in Children’s Puzzle Solving at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) and co-authored Parents’ Gestures Make Strategies More Handy For Children’s Puzzle Solving, which was presented at the 2011 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting. I am also a co-author on a related paper which has been submitted for publication. I am currently completing my student teaching in Detroit.

You can contact me at: gutows25@msu.edu

Kelly Lennon

My name is Kelly Lennon and I graduated from MSU in 2012 with a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD). One of my projects in the Insight into Infants’ Internal Worlds Laboratory (IIIW) was studying situational language between mothers and their children with Specific Language Impairment using the Inventory for Communicative Acts Abridged (INCA-A) coding system. I presented some of the preliminary findings in the poster “Measuring Parent-Child Communication During Semi-Structured Interaction in Dyads that Include Children with Specific Language Impairment” at the Spring 2011 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) at MSU. I also worked on the Toddlers’ Use of Signs in Self Regulation project coding toddlers’ use of gestures, signs, and words in potentially distressing situations. I am particularly interested in how accurately speech and language assessments represent an individual’s expressive and responsive language. My experience in the IIIW Lab and other research activities expanded my research skills and techniques through presentations, learning new coding systems and software, and learning about the theoretical background of our research.

Emalee Manns

I graduated from MSU in 2012 with a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. My areas of interest include children’s speech and language development, particularly children who have Specific Language Impairment (SLI), as well as early identification and intervention for these children.  My primary role in the IIIW lab was working on the Specific Language Impairment study.  I presented the preliminary results of this study at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in April, 2011. I am currently a graduate student in Speech and Language Pathology at McGill University.

Emily McGrew

I graduated from MSU in 2012 with a degree in Child Development. In the IIIW lab, I learned the Inventory of Communicative Acts-Abridged (INCA-A) system to code parent-child language interactions. I  also completed data entry for the Cross-Cultural Experiences of Infant Signing (CCEIS) study. I have an interest is early childhood education in urban settings. I was awarded the Evelyn Mansfield and May Foley scholarships in 2011. I am currently completing my student teaching.

Stephanie Mondro

I graduated  from Michigan State University with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology.  My interests are in how emotional trauma affects a child’s social and cognitive skills later in life, especially in children who have been removed from their primary home environment. My primary role in the IIIW lab was coding transcripts using the Inventory for Communicative Acts-Abridged (INCA-A) for the How Parents Lend A Helping Hand in Children’s Puzzle Solving which looks at how parent-child language interaction can help or hinder a child in a problem solving situation. After graduation I moved to the Washington DC area and plan to pursue graduate school.

Chelsea Ozuch

I graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and am continuing my education at MSU to become a certified speech-language pathologist. In the Insights into Infants’ Internal World Lab, I transcribed videos of parent-child interaction in a problem-solving context in order to show how parents use communication to accomplish a task with their child. I am an active member of the MSU organization of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and enjoy volunteering with different projects such as Relay for Life in collaboration with this organization. I have taken a special interest in military members and their families who may have a traumatic brain injury and hope to further study the effects of this injury on the families involved.

Michelle Scott

I am a graduate from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Psychology. My studies have focused on child development in normal and special populations. My interests include parenting and education strategies for development and intervention, especially for populations in rural areas. I have worked on many projects in the IIIW Lab including Parents’ Scaffolding Puzzle Solving (PSPS) study, which is examined the role of verbal, and gesture communication during puzzle solving. I have co-authored Preverbal Pragmatists: The Developmental Trajectory of Preverbal Children’s Symbolic Gestures in Enriched Gesturing Environments and Comparison of Quantitative Methods for Measuring Effects of Parental Sensitivity and Cognitive Stimulation on Toddlers’ Vocabulary both of which were presented at the 2011 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting.