Alyson D. Abel, PhD       
 Research Scientist
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
1966 Inwood Rd. CD
Dallas, TX 75235

Office: (214)905-3156
Email: alyson.abel@utdallas.edu

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Welcome!

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas, where I work with Mandy Maguire in the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab. I earned my PhD from the Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas (KU) in December 2012. At KU, I worked with Mabel Rice with additional lab experience with Rob Fiorentino in the Linguistics Department. Before KU, I earned my MS in Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University where I worked with Melanie Schuele. My first experience with research came during my undergraduate work at Emory University with Laura Namy.

 

Research Interests

My primary research interest has always been word learning in typical children and children with language disorders. Through my work with Mabel Rice and my training at KU, I developed a more specific interest in verb learning and the interactions between verb learning and other cognitive and linguistic variables in typical and atypical language development. At the Callier Center, I use electrophysiological methods, such as ERP and time-frequency analysis, to explore the on-line process of word learning in children and adults.

Selected Publications

Maguire, M. J. & Abel, A. D. (2013). What changes in neural oscillations can reveal about developmental cognitive neuroscience: Language development as a case in point. Developmental Cognitive Neurosceince, 6, 125-136.

Abel, A. D., & Schuele, C. M. (in press). The influence of two cognitive-linguistic variables on incidental word learning in five-year-olds. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10936-013-9264-4

Fiorentino, R., Bost, J., Abel, A. D., & Zuccarelli, J. (2012) The online instantiation and syntactic consequences of the constraint on regular plurals in compounds. Mental Lexicon, 7(1).

Manuscripts in preparation

Abel, A. D., Rice, M. L. & Bontempo, D. E.  Effects of verb familiarity on finiteness marking in children with SLI.

Maguire, M. J., Abel, A. D., McCord, J. & Jeevakumar, V. Time frequency differences between nouns and verbs during semantic integration                    

Abel, A. D.,
Maguire, M. J., Naqvi, F. & Kim, A. Lexical retrieval of nouns and verbs.

Schuele, C. M., Lee, M. Abel, A. D., Arndt, K. B., Guillot, K, & Spencer, E. SES Influences on  preschoolers’ performance on the Preschool Language Scale and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test

Maguire, M. J. & Abel, A. D. The importance of constants: How too many options can be a detriment to word learning


Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

Maguire, M. J. & Abel, A.D. (Accepted to present November 2013). N400 evidence of word   learning from context in adolescent children. Poster session at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Schneider, J. M., Abel, A. D.., McCord, J., Maguire, M. J. (Accepted to present November  2013). Changes in neural oscillations during naturally-paced sentence processing. Poster session  at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Abel, A. D. & Rice, M. L. (Accepted to present November 2013). Children with SLI Show    Grammatical Strengths & Weaknesses on a Sentence-Imitation Task. Poster session at the    Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL.

 Naqvi, F., Abel, A.D., Kim, A. & Maguire, M. J. (Accepted to present November 2013).  Differences between Nouns & Verbs in an Elicited-Response Task. Poster session at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL.

 Fitzhugh, A., Magnon, G., Abel, A.D. & Maguire, M. J. (Accepted to present November     2013). Improving Developmental EEG with Eye-Tracking. Poster session at the Annual     Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL.

 Kim, A., Abel, A.D., Naqvi, F., & Maguire, M. J. (Accepted to present November 2013).   Word Frequency & Semantic Retrieval in Nouns & Verbs. Poster session at the Annual        Convention of  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL.

Abel, A. D. & Rice, M. L. (2013, June). Effects of verb familiarity on finiteness marking in children with SLI. Poster session presented at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Fiorentino, R., Bost, J., Graebner, A., Zuccarelli, J., and Abel, A. (March, 2010). The online instantiation and syntactic consequences of the constraint on plurals in compounds. Poster session presented at the City University of New York Conference on Sentence Processing in New York, NY.

Rice, M. L., Ash, A., Abel, A. D., Lee, J. (2008, June). A comparison of children with SLI and control children on the PPVT-R and the PPVT-III: Effects of test revision on sensitivity to affectedness. Poster session presented at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Lee, M. W., Schuele, C. M., Barako Arndt, K., Spencer, E., Abel, A., Guillot, K., Lineback, A., Rosenthal, J. & Foran, C. (2008, November). Language in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers: SES influences on preschoolers’ performance on the PLS & PPVT.  Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL.

Abel, A. D. (2007, June). The influence of phonological awareness, vocabulary knowledge and phonological memory on children's incidental word learning. Poster session presented at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Abel, A. D., Schuele, C. M., & Barako, K. M. (2006, November). Word Learning: The effect of phonological awareness. Technical session presented at the Annual Convention of the    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Miami, FL.

Awards and Honors

Nominee, Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, University of Texas at Dallas, 2013

Mentee, Lessons for Success Research Workshop, American Speech-Language-Hearing       Association (ASHA), Rockville, MD, 2013


Trainee, University of Kansas, Child Language Doctoral Program, United States
National Institute o
n Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 5 T32DC000052: Training Researchers in Language Impairments, 2007-2009

Schiefelbusch Child Language Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2007

National Institutes of Health Student Travel Award for the Symposium on Research in Child       Language Disorders, Madison, WI, June 2007

Students Preparing for Academic & Research Career (SPARC) Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele, Ph.D., 2005-2006

Trainee, Vanderbilt University, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, H325A020009: Preparation of Speech and Language Specialists to Serve Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2004-2006

Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory (SURE) Program, 2002

Non-research Interests

Bike riding and watching my husband race his bike
Running (trails and road)
Playing with the dogs
Cooking and baking