Lab Director

Brielle C. Stark, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department and Program in Neuroscience faculty at Indiana University. Dr. Stark completed her doctoral research in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (UK) as a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery. She is interested in modeling and predicting language reorganization and recovery in adult neurogenic communication disorders, in particular post-stroke aphasia, using structural and functional brain markers acquired from MRI.

More [fun!] information about Dr. Stark here

Her ResearchGate is here; her LinkedIn is here; her Google Scholar page is here.

  • Office: C177, Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • Email: bcstark [at]

PhD Students

Manaswita Dutta, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.  She is formally advised by Dr. Laura Murray. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Manaswita earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and a Bachelor's degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Manipal University, India. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of cognitive-linguistic deficits associated with adult neurogenic disorders. Her current research focuses on investigating the behavioral and neural correlates of language processing in adults with epilepsy and aphasia. 

  • Email: mdutta [at]


Research Coordinator

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Jenny Olmes-Stevens is the lab’s Research Coordinator. She coordinates referrals, recruitment and scheduling for the lab. Jenny earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Indiana University. Her research interests include language learning pathways and remediation. Jenny completed her educational practicum with the Monroe County School Corporation and worked in remediation services with K-6th grade students before joining the Neural Research Lab. She is interested in the neural psychological aspects of speech constructs and their impact on reading interventions. In addition to her position with the Neural Research Lab, Jenny is also interested in promoting research funding for science/medicine/community building initiatives and continues in her role as Grant/Program consultant for two high energy physics groups at Indiana University.

  • Email: jolmesst [at]


Master’s Students

Madison Neumann, BA MA

Jasmine Orr, BA



Caroline Cofoid is currently a junior Honor student in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her current research interest is adult neurogenic disorders, and more specifically, aphasia. She will be working on her Honors dissertation with Dr. Stark.


Libby Jackson is currently a junior studying Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her interests are about the neural mechanisms supporting language production and comprehension.


Ashley Spector is currently a junior studying Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests are neurogenic communication disorders, specifically within stroke patients.


Mollibeth Penner is currently a junior at Indiana University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in cognition and linguistics. Her research interests are primarily focused on the etiology and neuroscience of communication disorders, particularly in stroke.


Maggie Louthan is currently a junior studying Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests include neurogenic communication disorders in adults, specifically stroke and Alzheimer's disease.


Lab Mascot


Rosalind (‘Roz’) is Dr. Stark’s rescued beagle mix, who is a constant fixture in lab and classes. She brings great experience in rabbit finding, sniffing, and treat-taking.

Lab Alumni

Aisha Qureshi, BA

Sabrina Ebner, BA

Coxing Caius Boat Club (Cambridge, UK)

Coxing Caius Boat Club (Cambridge, UK)

Brie has loved language and the brain for a very long time. Originally intending to go the medical route, she was inspired to pursue research when she realized that she could cultivate long-lasting relationships with her research participants and that her research, which is largely translational in nature, might be able to positively affect the lives of people with aphasia. In addition to enjoying research, Brie loves being able to mentor and teach fantastic students.

Brie was a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar, a program that was established in October 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. Brie serves as an ambassador for this program, giving presentations at colleges around the USA, particularly in the Midwest. She is thankful that her PhD was funded by this Trust, and for the fantastic experiences that it afforded her.

Outside of academia, Brie is a long-time rowing coxswain, coach and referee. She is currently a US Rowing Level II coach and Assistant Referee; you may see her refereeing races around the Midwest region! She rowed for a year at Bryn Mawr College in 2008 before switching to coxing, which took her to more than 15 clubs around the world. It was her pleasure to serve as co-captain of Bryn Mawr College Crew in 2011-2012 and Captain of Boats at Caius Boat Club (Cambridge, UK) 2014-2015. One of her greatest achievements was coxing the Cambridge University Lightweight Women in the boat race against Oxford in 2013. She still actively coxes, albeit her schedule is a bit more tight these days!


Publications: Google Scholar


  • Cognitive neuroscience; aphasia; neuroimaging; neuroscience of language; cognitive psychology


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