Lab Members

5 students and Professor Mudar


Raksha Mudar PhD, CCC-SLP

Raksha Mudar My research examines: (i) changes in higher order cognitive functions in individuals who are at-risk of developing dementia, such as those with subjective cognitive impairment and mild cognitive impairment. and (ii) the effects of strategy-based cognitive training.



Graduate Research Assistants

Lydia Nguyen

Lydia NguyenHometown: Vienna, VA

Education: B.S., Biological Sciences (minor: Psychology), Virginia Tech, 2010-2014

Ph.D. (in progress), Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 2014-present


Lydia is a PhD. student in the Neuroscience program. Her research interests involve understanding how pathological aging, in particular populations with mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases, differs from healthy aging. She uses electroencephalography to examine differences in brain rhythms between these populations. Outside of the lab, Lydia loves watching movies, spending time with h two cats. and traveling when she gets the chance.


Shraddha Shende

Shraddha ShendeHometown: Mumbai, India

Education: BASLP, Ali Yavarjung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, 2008-2012

MASLP, AYJNIHH, 2012-2014

PhD. (in progress), Speech and Hearing Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2016-present


Shraddha"s research interests lie in understanding and discovering any link between hearing loss and cognition in the aging population. She is fascinated by the brain and its neuroplasticity! Her goal is to study and discover intervention techniques which might help improve cognitive perceptions and processing in the elderly population with hearing loss. Eventually, she would like to contribute to translational research in the field.


Lizzy Lydon

Lizzy LydonHometown: Denver, CO

Education: B.A. (double major) Linguistics and Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder 2008-2012

M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Portland State University, 2012-2014

PhD (in progress), Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2018-present


Lizzy is interested in conducting both basic and applied research in the area of cognitive-communication with patients who have neurodegenerative diseases. She hopes that through her research she can develop evidence-based cognitive interventions while bridging the gap between the fields of neuroscience and speech-language pathology through interdisciplinary research. During her free time she enjoys backpacking, climbing, and traveling.


Nina Iraci

Hometown: New Lenox, IL

Education: B.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders (Minor: Psychology), Augustana College, 2015-2019

M.S., Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019-present


Previous research that Nina has completed involved understanding intervention protocols most efficient in increasing the communicative abilities of individuals with aphasia, as well as determining the most beneficial time of voice prosthesis placement following total laryngectomy that result in optimal voicing outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer. Nina is looking forward to assisting in research involving developing cognitive interventions for those with neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time she enjoys singing, dancing, traveling, and digital planning.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sara Jones

Sara Jones<Hometown: Naperville, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,



Jessica Philipp

Jessica PhilippHometown: Buffalo Grove, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016-present



Grace Rochford


Education: B.S. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,



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