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.

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