Lab Team

Meet the Team!


Allison Bean, PhD, M.S., CCC-SLP



Allison received her B.A. from Iona College and her M.S. from New York Medical College in Speech-Language Pathology. During her clinical fellowship year at Westchester Institute for Human Development, Allison participated in the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program.  She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa in 2010, followed by a year of postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Allison’s research focuses on language development in individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the role of domain-general processes in language development.



Amy Miller Sonntag, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amy Miller Sonntag. M.A., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. She received her BA from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and her MA from Ohio University in 1996. She has devoted 20+ years to serving patients with complex communication achieve communication independence through evaluation, therapy, and consultative services. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Closing the Gap, NC Assistive Technology Expo, Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association, Ohio School Speech Language Hearing Association (OSSPEAC), and regional schools, clinics, and parent groups.





Bethany Frick, BS


Bethany Frick graduated from Missouri State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a B.S. in Spanish. She is now pursuing a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at Ohio State University. She is a trainee in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Her research interests include Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, autism spectrum disorders, language development, and multicultural aspects of communication. She is recently defended her thesis exploring dialect and language as a barrier to AAC use of multilingual and multidialectal users of AAC.





Ellie Gonzales is a second year Buckeye! At the moment, she is majoring in Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, with minors in Spanish and Leadership. She very excited to be a member of the TACL Lab due to her experience with working with children with autism and a variety of disabilities. She hopes to stay engaged with the lab and learn as much as she can during her undergraduate time here!





Andrea Johnson



Andrea will be a second-year undergraduate Speech and Hearing Science student from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is so excited to work in the TACL Lab because of her past experiences with individuals with developmental disabilities and her interest in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Andrea plans to attend graduate school to earn her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology with the hopes of working in a hospital or clinical setting.




Hanna Kim



Hanna is a third-year born in Northern Virginia and raised in Ohio, pursuing a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Developmental Psychology. She is excited to be a part of LATA lab to bring together her rapidly growing interests in people with Autism and assistive technology. For the future, Hanna is planning to earn her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and work for a non-profit organization to give access to people who are in need of Speech Therapy.




Paige Kovacs


Paige is a third year undergraduate student studying Speech and Hearing Science, with minors in both Spanish and Human Development and Family Science. She plans to attend graduate school to study speech and language pathology, and hopes to work in a hospital setting with traumatic brain injury patients






Maddy Oskowski



Maddy is a fourth-year undergraduate student from Cleveland, Ohio studying Speech and Hearing Sciences. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology, with the hopes of working in acute or pediatric care.





Jordyn Rolniak


Jordyn is a fourth-year undergraduate student from El Paso, TX. She is double majoring in Speech and Hearing Science and Spanish and has a minor in Theatre. She plans to attend a Speech Language Pathology graduate program with the hopes of becoming a bilingual therapist and working with the Spanish and English speaking population.



Meredith Suhr


Meredith Suhr is a third year undergraduate student from Athens, OH. She is studying Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Disability Studies. She has experience working with adults and children with disabilities through Passion Works and a local summer camp respectively. She plans on attending graduate school to earn her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology with the hopes of working with children in a school setting.






Carlee Schmelzer



Carlee is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Business from Findlay, Ohio. After graduation, Carlee plans to attend a graduate school and obtain a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with the hopes of working with children in a school setting or using her knowledge of business to open a private practice.





Brooke Thatcher




Brooke is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is from Northwest, Ohio and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Brooke currently works as an ABA therapist for nonverbal students with autism, and she is excited to join the LATA lab to gain more knowledge and become better suited to work with nonverbal children. Brooke hopes to work in a clinical or elementary school setting in the future. 




Lab Alumni: Katie Perse (2016), Alayna Rowell (2016), Aubrey Rybarczyk (2016), Kacie Jewett (2016), Carrie Berghoff (2017), Jenna DeCarlo (2017), Michelle Flood (2017), Ciara McGlynn (2017), Aine Mooney (2017), Brett Underwood (2017), Ali Baker (2017), Kathrine Ratino (2018), Kelly DiLullo (2018), Molly Matthews (2018), Michelle Kryc (2018), Hannah Sherman (2018), Colleen O’Malley (2018), Tayler Burke (2018), Claire Goecke (2019), Liana Malamed (2019), Shelby Meyerrose (2019), Sam Obringer (2019), Nicole Thompson (2019) and Julia Zezinka (2019).

One thought on “Lab Team

  1. Ella Fernando says:

    Nice blog and nice team also. ABA’s the first therapy my son got post-diagnosis. It’s the only one our insurance fully covered, and it’s the one—with its insistence on taking data, making plans, and charting progress— that made me feel like there was some order to our days and to my son’s progress. It’s the one that introduced us to many compassionate, kind therapists who listened to my concerns and modified programming to best serve my son. Many of those ABA therapists became my friends, and although we’re no longer doing ABA, you can see them at I still call some of them occasionally for advice on addressing some of my son’s more challenging behaviors.

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