Lab Members


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

Contact: sshende2@illinois-edu

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.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Fanting Kung

Fanting KungHometown: Naperville, IL

Education: BS. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science (minor: English), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigm 2014-present



Stephany Burz

Stephany BurzHometown: Buffalo Grove, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Psychology (concentration: Neuroscience), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-present



Julia Rajan

Julia RajanHometown: Oak Brook, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016-present



Andrea Paolella

Andrea PaolellaHometown: Medinah, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-present



Lauren Kaiser

Lauren KaiserHometown: St. Joseph, IL

Education: B.S. (in progress). Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-present



Undergraduate Interns

There are currently no undergraduate interns.