NEURoscience of Adult Language Research Lab
We are actively looking for PhD students and for a Postdoctoral Fellow!

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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] iu.edu

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] indiana.edu

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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] indiana.edu

 

Master’s Students

Madison Neumann, BA MA

Jasmine Orr, BA

Darbi Ruff, BA

Olivia Strother, BA

Undergraduates

We have a fantastic team of undergraduate research assistants who collect and analyze data!

Lab Mascot

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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

Many fantastic undergraduates!

Join the Lab!

Undergraduates

We have an active undergraduate volunteer sector in our lab! We accept undergraduates from all disciplines, not only from the Department of Speech and Hearing. Specific opportunities that undergraduates have in this lab:

  • Acquiring behavioral and neuroimaging data

  • Scoring behavioral data

  • Language transcription and coding (training provided)

If you are interested in volunteering in the lab, please contact Dr. Stark (bcstark[at]iu.edu). We expect that undergraduates attend lab meeting (once every two weeks, usually Fridays 1:30-2:30PM). We expect volunteer commitment at ~2-4 hours per week, which largely occurs on the student’s own time.


M.A. Students

We recruit graduate clinicians from the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology.

Students are encouraged to conduct research for a thesis in their 2nd year, and our lab is a great place to conduct this research!


PhD Students

We are actively recruiting PhD students. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our program, and because Dr. Stark is affiliated with the Program in Neuroscience, we recruit students from a variety of backgrounds. These backgrounds often include psychology, speech and hearing disorders / communication sciences, neuroscience, cognitive science, and linguistics.

Indiana University is a wonderful place to do a PhD. We have state of the art facilities, including a 3T MRI, EEG system and Speech and Hearing Clinic. We offer competitive funding for PhD students, which may involve teaching, being a graduate teaching assistant, or funding through related programs (e.g. American Sign Language). We encourage PhD students to apply for their own funding (e.g. NIH, ASHFoundation) throughout their tenure here, and support is offered from the mentor.

If you are interested in doing a PhD, please get into contact with Dr. Stark prior to submitting an application.

APPLYING:

Applications are generally due to Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University in early January of each year. Please see the Speech and Hearing Sciences website for more information. Alternatively, you may apply through the Program in Neuroscience to work with Dr. Stark, and this program’s application is in early December. More information is available on the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences / Program in Neuroscience website.


Postdoctoral Fellows

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin in spring or summer 2020.  The position is open for an initial 1-year, with an option to renew dependent on performance and funding. Research in the lab focuses on understanding brain-behavior relationships in neurogenic communication disorders, largely post-stroke aphasia.

This postdoc’s responsibilities will include data collection, data management, data analysis and writing of papers. There is a heavy emphasis on neuroimaging and behavior data analysis and publication. As such, the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about a career in science/medicine, self-motivated, independent, productive, and have an interest in speech/language neuroscience. We are a close-knit lab comprised of undergraduates, MA and PhD students and are looking for someone who has strong interpersonal skills and a team attitude. Candidates must have a related PhD degree (e.g. Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, Biology, Communication Sciences, etc.), experience with programming in Matlab and/or Python and strong statistical skills. Additional experience may include analyzing discourse samples (e.g. CHAT/CLAN, PRAAT, SALT). Experience with aphasia is helpful but not required

Indiana University is an excellent and interdisciplinary research environment. Dr. Stark is part of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and is also core faculty in the Program in Neuroscience. IU is home to the Imaging Research Facility (Siemens 3T MRI, EEG SUITE), Network Institute, and Program in Cognitive Science. Additionally, Bloomington is a lovely place to live. It is a small-town (80,000 residents) that boasts great art, food and nature. It is the epitome of a college town, full of good-natured Midwesterners.  

The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can send a CV, a brief statement of interest and a relevant paper to demonstrate writing skills to: bcstark@iu.edu.


 
 
 
 
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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!

Education

Publications: Google Scholar

Expertise

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


 
 

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