Meet the team!

Current Members

Joe Joe Toscano, Ph.D., Principal Investigator. Joe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Villanova, Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Villanova, and Director of the WRAP Lab. He received his B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester in 2005 and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2011. From 2011-2014, he was a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on questions about language comprehension and speech perception.


Cheyenne Munson Toscano, Ph.D. Cheyenne is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Villanova. She also received her Ph.D. from Iowa, and she completed her undergraduate work at Oberlin College. Prior to joining the department at Villanova, Cheyenne was a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cheyenne's research focuses on perceptual learning in speech and effects of developmental language disorder.
Postdoctoral Fellows
McCall McCall Sarrett, Ph.D. McCall is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the WRAP Lab in 2021. She completed her B.A. in Neuroscience & Speech Perception at the University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Iowa. She is interested in the cognitive and neural processes subserving speech perception, lexical competition, and second language acquisition, and in applying machine learning techniques to decode speech information from neurophysiological data. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, whistling, and making ice cream.
Grad Students
Jenah Jenah Black, Lab Manager. Jenah is our lab manager, and a second-year Psychology M.S. student at Villanova. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Iowa in 2019. Her research focuses on language processes using computational modeling, and she is particularly interested in understanding how people process meaning. She also does work with reading and spelling, using neural networks to examine how the two processes interact.

Anne Marie

Anne Marie Crinnion. Anne Marie started working in the WRAP Lab during Summer 2016. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut. She's interested in computational modeling, especially when applied to speech categorization. When she's not thinking about Steiner trees, she loves cycling, running, and listening to country music.


Alexa Gonzalez. Alexa is a first-year graduate student in Villanova’s Psychology M.S. program. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2018 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior. Before joining Villanova, she worked at the University of Miami as a research assistant examining neuropsychological changes in patients with ALS and/or frontotemporal dementia. She is interested in syntactic and semantic processing and the utility of word embedding models to understand semantic similarity.


Siyu Lin. Siyu Lin is a second-year grad student at Villanova. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. He is interested in multilingualism and language acquisition and how they interact with speech perception.


Sam Sinemus. Sam is a first-year graduate student at Villanova. Having graduated in 2016 from Skidmore College with a major in Psychology and minor in Economics, he moved to San Francisco where he worked as a behavioral data analyst before deciding to go back to school. He is interested in socio-cognitive concepts with a focus on the intersection between personality and linguistics.


Lili DeFilippis. Lili is a junior from Chicago working toward a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in French. She joined the WRAP Lab in the spring of 2021 and is interested in studying speech and language processing as well as mental health. Outside of the lab, Lili enjoys painting, exploring the outdoors, and playing with her dog, Henry.


Annie DiRenzo. Annie is a junior working towards a B.S. in Psychology and joined the lab in the spring of 2019. She plans on pursuing graduate studies, and would eventually like to work in a hospital or private practice. Outside of the lab, she is a member of Chi Omega and Student Advancement Ambassadors at Villanova.


Ryan Henderson, Webmaster. Ryan is an alum serving in a volunteer year in San Diego, CA. His research uses the auditory brainstem response (ABR) to investigate cue-integration during early stages of speech perception. Ryan is also interested in contributing to research on auditory neuropathy and other problems in the hearing system. Outside of the lab, Ryan can be found having deep talks with his friends, running, binging Parks and Rec., or singing in as many different groups as he can.


Stephanie Humen. Stephanie is a senior Psychology and Comprehensive Science double major who joined the lab in the summer of 2019. She is interested in the application of psychology in the field of medicine, and she is currently studying how the effects of auditory neuropathy can be offset to improve speech recognition for individuals with this condition.


Elise Miller. Elise is a sophomore from Massachusetts pursuing a double major in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and French. Her research involves developing computational models of language processing, with a particular emphasis on understanding how spoken word recognition unfolds over time. Outside the lab, Elise enjoys volunteering with Alpha Phi Omega and RUIBAL, hiking, spending time with friends, and traveling wherever she can.


Ander Swartz. Ander Swartz is a sophomore at Villanova University majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Cognitive Science. He is interested in natural language processing, and his research involves developing comutational models of speech perception and spoken word recognition. He is from Rhode Island and enjoys making music and hanging out with dogs (and other friends).


Owen Saad. Owen is a sophomore at Villanova University majoring in Computer Engineering, with a minor in Mechatronics, on a pre-med track. He is interested in how technology and machine learning can be applied to medical sciences. He is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and outside of the lab, he enjoys volunteering with Alpha Phi Omega, playing pick up sports with friends, and being active.


Maeve Schumacher. Maeve is a junior from Chicago pursuing a double major in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and Organizational Communication. She joined the lab during the fall of 2020, and is interested in how linguistic processing varies in relation to mental health difficulties. In her free time, Maeve loves to write creatively, take care of her succulents, and laugh with her brothers and friends.


Lizzy Wolfe. Lizzy is a junior from New Jersey. She is pursuing a major in psychology with minors in French and Cognitive Science. She started working in the WRAP Lab in 2020. After her underergraduate studies at Villanova, she plans to go to graduate school for speech-language pathology. Outside of the lab, Lizzy is a foodie who also enjoys swimming and skiing.
Ellis Ellis Toscano. Ellis is very interested in spoken word recognition. Recently, he's been busy thinking up lots of rhymes and cohorts and has been studying reading. A big fan of public transit, Ellis enjoys riding the train to and from campus. He received the most "stars" in the lab thanks to his cuteness.


Kent Toscano. Kent is the second youngest member of the lab. He has been following-up on some of Ellis' earlier work, and the two of them enjoy making up new games together. You can usually find him wherever you find Ellis (they're kind of a team).


Susan Toscano. The third researcher (subject?) in our long-term longitudinal study of cognitive development, Susan is the youngest member of the team. She arrived three years ago, and she's already off to a great start! We've been seeing a lot of language milestones from her recently. Stay tuned...


Post Docs
Laura Getz (2016-2019)
Grad students
Jake Leonard (2018-2020)
Emily Martinez (2018-2020)
Andrea Ruggiero (2018-2020)
Sofía Cordero (2017-2018)
Agnes Gao (2017-2019)
Abby Benecke (2016-2018)
Zach Oxford-Romeike (2016-2018)
Courtney Thomas (2016-2018)
Ben Falandays (2015-2017)
Elke Nordeen (2015-2017)
Jordan Rast (2015-2017)
Stephanie Vicari (2015-2017)
Sarah Vrabic (2015-2017)
Tifani Biro (2014-2016)
Beach Brooks (2014-2016)
Taylor Curley (2014-2015)
Emma Folk (2014-2016)
Rebecca Garrison (2014-2016)
Olivia Pereira (2014-2016)
Dave Saltzman (2014-2016)
Brad Stilwell (2014-2016)
Lexie Tabachnick (2014-2016)
Amogh Bharadwaj (2019-2020)
Charli White (2019-2020)
Victoria Primiano (2019-2020)
Jesse Zimmerman (2018-2020)
Julie Capece (2018-2020)
Kayla Adornetto (2019-2020)
Ani Javardian (2018-2020)
Gwen Saccocia (2016-2020)
Nabiha Shahid (2016-2020)
Nicole Feeley (2017-2019)
Caroline Lee (2017-2019)
Katie French (2016-2019)
Olivia Hacker (2018-2019)
Jocelyn Rego (2018-2019)
Chris Burley (2014-2016)
Thea Callen (2018-2019)
Cara Colao (2017-2018)
Jackie Coelho (2015-2016)
Liz Day (2016-2018)
Brandon Henken (Summer 2015)
Nicole Johnson (2015-2017)
Mackenzie Jorgensen (2017)
John Michael Kay (2015-2016)
Grace Kerrigan (2014-2015)
Claire McCann (2016-2017)
Christina Nashed (2016-2017)
Marissa Osowski (2017)
Jesse Pazdera (2015-2016)
Marissa Pharel (2016-2017)
Janice Puder (2016-2018)
Tyler Re (2014-2015)
Rakshana Selvarajan (2015-2018)
Emily Tenuta (2016-2017)
Pankhuri Walia (2017-2018)
Sarah Welch (2016-2017)
Carlin Welter (2016-2017)
Martina Vega (2015-2017)