Meghan Swanson, PhD

Lab Director and Assistant Professor

Dr. Swanson is a developmental and cognitive neuroscientist. In her research she investigates the neurobiology of early communication. She is also interested in how infants and their parents communicate and how this early communication supports brain development and later language and cognitive skills. She received her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and completed postdoctoral training in neuroimaging and neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is supported by a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (NIH K99/R00).


Allison Bradshaw

Project Coordinator

Allison Bradshaw is a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant in the Baby Brain Lab. She recently graduated from Yale University with a BS in psychology. She formerly worked in the Yale Social Cognitive Development Lab, where her research focused on children’s ideas about gender and how this changes over development. Currently, she is working on the lab’s study on caregiver speech and infant brain development. 

Shruthi Ravi, M.A.S.L.P, CCC-SLP

PhD Student in Communication Sciences and Disorder

Shruthi Ravi is a doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UTD. She is a certified SLP with approximately 8 years of clinical experience in the area of pediatric speech and language disorders. Her current research focus is on using eye tracking to understand social eye gaze in toddlers with ASD.

Shalomi Shelton

MA Student in Psychological Sciences

Shalomi Shelton is a current master’s student in Psychological Sciences at UTD. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) with a BS in psychology and a minor in biology. Her current research interest is focused on studying the ways that parents communicate with their infants to understand infant cognitive development. She previously worked in the infant lab at UCD, studying cognitive development in infants with mothers who have a history of depression, as well as utilizing eye tracking to determine infants’ preference between infant-directed speech and normal speech.

Brianna Wright

MA Student in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders

Brianna is a current master’s student in the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders program at UTD. She graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. While at FSU, she worked in the Clinical Neuroscience Lab studying psychopathology-related traits and in the Florida Center for Reading Research studying how language environments in preschool classrooms support children’s learning.

Gizman Baraso

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gizman is a sophomore Healthcare Studies major on the premed track at UTD. She plans on attending medical school after graduation in hopes of becoming a Pediatrician to continue working with children. Her research interests includes analyzing the early development of typically developing children, in addition to the development of children with autism spectrum disorder. 

Luciana San Esteban

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Luciana is a first-year student at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she is working to get her Bachelors of Science in Child Learning and Development. Although she has no previous research experience, she is very excited to have the opportunity to be working in a lab that is studying child learning development, as her research interests include how insight into children’s cognitive development could help improve the public education system.

Hanna Wong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hanna is a sophomore at UTD, where she is studying Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology & Child Learning and Development. She is interested in learning more about how children develop speech and how their environment affects how they learn language. She loves working with children and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders to become a licensed speech pathologist.

Go to the JOIN THE TEAM page for more information about opportunities in the Baby Brain Lab.