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 language disorders, such as specific language impairment (SLI).
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.
Siyu. 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. 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.


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 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.

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.

Victoria Primiano. Victoria is a senior from Long Island, New York. She joined the lab in the fall of 2019, and she is currently pursuing her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education. She plans to attend graduate school, with the ultimate goal of working with children who have developmental delays and disabilities. Outside of the lab she volunteers with LEVEL, an organization which aims to bridge the gap between students with differing abilities and disabilities.

Charli White. Charli is a junior at Villanova University from Ocean View, Delaware. She joined the lab in the fall of 2019. She is currently working towards a B.S. in Comprehensive Science with plans to pursue a concentration in Cognitive Science and a Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. She plans to continue on to graduate school and pursue an Au.D. Outside of school, Charli enjoys playing the piano, singing, being artistic, and going outdoors.

Elise Miller. Elise is a sophomore from Massachusetts pursuing a double major in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and French. Her research involves developing a computational model of natural 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.

Amogh Bharadwaj. Amogh is a sophomore Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience major at Villanova. His research uses computational modeling techniques to study speech perception. After completing his undergraduate work at Villanova, he plans to go to medical school. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, playing videogames, and hanging out with friends.

Ander Swartz. Ander Swartz is a sophomore at Villanova University majoring in Computer Science and planning to concentrate 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).

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.

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.
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 just 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
Andrea Ruggiero (2018-2020)
Emily Martinez (2018-2020)
Jake Leonard (2018-2020)
Agnes Gao (2017-2019)
Abby Benecke (2016-2018)
Tifani Biro (2014-2016)
Beach Brooks (2014-2016)
Taylor Curley (2014-2015)
Ben Falandays (2015-2017)
Emma Folk (2014-2016)
Rebecca Garrison (2014-2016)
Elke Nordeen (2015-2017)
Zach Oxford-Romeike (2016-2018)
Olivia Pereira (2014-2016)
Jordan Rast (2015-2017)
Dave Saltzman (2014-2016)
Brad Stilwell (2014-2016)
Lexie Tabachnick (2014-2016)
Courtney Thomas (2016-2018)
Stephanie Vicari (2015-2017)
Sarah Vrabic (2015-2017)
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)