Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alexxa Vasquez

My name is Alexxa Vasquez, and I’m a third year Cognitive Science student interested in minoring in Education and/or Linguistics. I am extremely fascinated by language acquisition, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and and child development, and am looking to pursue work as an educator or a researcher. I speak English and Spanish and help my mother run her family child care. In my free time I teach dance and perform competitively, go to concerts, draw, and make playlists.

Chelsea Lam

Hello! My name is Chelsea and I’m a senior undergraduate at UCLA, majoring in Applied Linguistics and Minoring in Cognitive Science. I’m enthused by language acquisition in children, and pursuing audiology as my career to help individuals to overcome auditory-related difficulties. Outside the lab, I work as a part-time stylist. I also enjoy music, singing, dancing, and food hunting with my friends.


Julia Shabanian

My name is Julia Shabanian, and I’m a 4th year Human Biology and Society major.  After graduation, I plan to go to medical school and become a pediatrician! I’ve always been fascinated by language acquisition and have studied ASL for a few years.  In addition to being involved in the Language Lab, I’m in the Mentorship program at UCLA and a volunteer at Ronald Reagan Hospital.  In my free time, I love playing with my dog, traveling, and watching trashy reality TV with my roommates.

Lily Xu

My name is Lily Xu. I’m a third year student at UCLA double majoring in Linguistics and Neuroscience. I am interested in phonology, language acquisition and neurolinguistics, and I hope to pursue graduate study in related fields after college. My native language is Mandarin Chinese and I’m currently learning Arabic. In my free time, I like to cook, check out new restaurants, and go to museums.

Mirna Velasco

My name is Mirna Velasco-Alvarado and I am a senior at UCLA studying Psychology and Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP). My interests include child language development and second language acquisition. I am currently interning at Fernald Child Care Center and I am amazed at how essential language acquisition is for communicating, learning and building of relationships early in life. I intend to apply to a graduate program in clinical psychology in hopes of becoming a family therapist for children with disabilities. Aside from the Language Lab and Fernald Child Care Center, I also volunteer with Project SPELL and love dancing with Grupo Folklorico de UCLA.

Pedram Dabiri

Hello, my name is Pedram Dabiri, I’m 31 years old. I’m a Senior majoring in Linguistics and my main interest in phonetics.



Rosie Mejia

Hello, my name is Rosalva Mejia but everyone calls me Rosie. I’m a third year student at UCLA, majoring in Linguistics and Psychology. I’m also doing a minor in Cognitive Science and in Spanish. I hope to do research in baby speech pathology once I graduate and strive to earn a PhD in PsychoLinguistics. Aside from school, I enjoying going out for runs, swimming or simply reading a good novel.

Sophia Luo

My name is Sophia Luo. I am a third-year linguistics major from Vancouver, Canada. After college, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in speech pathology or in linguistics. During my free time, I enjoy reading, singing, watching hockey, and listening to jazz.