Early Language & Literacy Intervention & Education Lab

UCF Communication Sciences and Disorders


The Early Language & Literacy Intervention & Education (ELLIE) lab at UCF is dedicated to research focusing on strengthening the capacity of individuals working with young children who may experience language impairments and those considered at-risk. The ELLIE lab aims to conduct research to support young children’s language and emergent literacy skills through the use of evidence-based practices in naturalistic settings.


Our laboratory is always recruiting for participants to partake in research studies. Participation in our studies not only helps contribute to science, but can also be a fun learning experience.

Meet Our Team


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Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Location: HS II Room: 101W
Phone: 407-823-0346


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Ashlyn Bajalia
Lab Coordinator

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Casper Fathi
Graduate Research Assistant

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Janine LaGarenne
Graduate Research Assistant

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Taylor Miller
Graduate Research Assistant

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Kaleigh Davis
Research Assistant

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Gionna DelBuono
Research Assistant

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Hailey Gorman
Research Assistant

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Lindsey Rothman
Research Assistant

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Alyssa Zunic
Research Assistant

Selected Relevant Publications

Our laboratory makes a concerted effort to publish our findings in respected academic journals and present at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to contributing to collective body of knowledge in a given field, presenting original data at conferences is a fun way for the lab’s students to enhance their self-confidence and network with other scientists.


The ELLIE Laboratory is located inside HS II. The lab is located on the first floor of the building inside the Communication Sciences and Disorders suite, room 107. Several handicap parking spots are available outside.

UCF Early Language & Literacy Intervention & Education Lab
Health Sciences II
4364 Scorpius St
Orlando, FL 32816

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