Dr. Heather Ramsdell

About the IVOC Lab

General introduction

The Infant Vocalization (IVOC) Laboratory directed by D. Kimbrough Oller (Kim) is home for research on the origins of human language and the development of infrastructural theory to facilitate design and interpretation of research. The work is diverse, including both human and non-human communication studies, but the primary empirical work involves human infants beginning at the earliest possible ages. The laboratory currently houses two research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate early vocal and speech-acoustic development as well as early vocal interaction between parents and infants. Infants and their families are followed longitudinally to characterize normal language development and to determine predictors of developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders with special focus on the first year of life. The projects include coding and analyzing a large body of all-day home recordings (using the LENA Research Foundation recorder, and including work with their database of over 100,000 hours of home recordings) of typically developing infants and infants at risk, including infants with older autistic siblings (in collaboration with the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Gordon Ramsay), and prematurely-born infants still in intensive care (in collaboration with Women and Infants Hospital at Brown University, Betty Vohr), as well as hour-long lab recordings conducted at our eight-camera Infant Recording Studio, along with longitudinal diary observations by parents using our online www.babyvoc.org.

Principal Investigator

D. Kimbrough Oller, Ph.D., (ResearchGate) Professor & Plough Chair of Excellence 

Co-Investigator

Eugene H. Buder, Ph.D., (ResearchGate) Associate Professor 

Staff

  • Edina R. Bene, PhD, Research Project Coordinator
  • Neeraja Rangisetty, MS, Research Associate, Technical Engineer
  • Erin Loeding, MS, Assistant Project Coordinator

PhD Students

Graduate Assistants

Senior Coders

  • Alison Bakke, CSD-SLP
  • Carmen Martinez, CSD-SLP
  • Cortney Kunkle, CSD-SLP
  • Denise Schmidt, CSD-SLP
  • Julia Harris, CSD-SLP
  • Mary Butker, CSD-SLP
  • Shelby Smith, CSD-SLP

Junior Coders

  • Alexandra Neumann, CSD-SLP
  • Amber Shedd, CSD-SLP
  • Devin Marsh, CSD-SLP
  • Haleigh Bradley, CSD-AUD
  • Katie Glass, CSD-SLP
  • Mackenzie Thaxton, CSD-AUD
  • Rachel Wilkinson, CSD-AUD
  • Victoria Triska, CSD-SLP

Collaborators

  • Institute for Intelligent Systems, UofM, Memphis, TN 
  • Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • LENA Research Foundation, Boulder, CO
  • Anne Warlaumont, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Betty Vohr, Brown University, RI
  • Chia-Cheng Lee, Independent
  • Dale Bowman, University of Memphis, TN
  • Daniel Messinger, University of Miami, FL
  • Gordon Ramsay, Emory University, Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Heather Ramsdell, Idaho State University, ID
  • Irene Pepperberg, Harvard University, MA
  • Josep Call, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
  • Ulrike Griebel, University of Memphis, TN; Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • Lama Farran, University of West Georgia, GA
  • Li-mei Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Ofer Tchernichovski, Hunter College, The City University of New York, NY
  • Paul Yoder, Vanderbilt University, TN
  • Paul Milenkovic, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
  • Rafael Delgado, Intelligent Hearing Systems Corporation, Miami, FL
  • Rick Dale, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Seunghee Ha, Hallym University, South Korea
  • Steve Warren, University of Kansas, KA
  • Suneeti Nathani Iyer, University of Georgia, GA
  • Yuna Jhang, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan

Lab Alumni

  • Heather Ramsdell, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Anne Warlaumont, PhD
  • Beau Franklin, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Lauren Burrows, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Yuna Jhang, PhD
  • Chia-Cheng Lee, PhD