Our Team


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Jessica H. Franco

Jessica H. Franco, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, is a Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. She has focused her research and teaching on understanding and supporting Autistic children. Dr. Franco has over 20 years of experience and has established new specialized autism programs including the TALKS program (Training for Adults in Language and Key Skills), Project LIFT (Language Acquisition as a Foundation for Transition), Project SKILLS (Skills for Knowledge and Language Learning Success) and Project BRIDGE (to successful transition outcomes).

Madhu Sundarrajan

Madhu Sundarrajan

Madhu Sundarrajan, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific. She specializes in exploring typical and atypical patterns of speech and language development. She has worked as a site-coordinator for NIH funded grants and has considerable experience in areas of evaluation and statistical analysis. Her current research interests include exploring intervention methodologies to treat speech and language disorders in Autistic children and Deaf/HoH children.

Research Assistants

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Andrea Mota

Andrea is a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, completing her MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Andrea earned her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida, with a minor in Psychology and a Spanish for Health Professionals certificate. Andrea is pursuing a Bilingual Certificate in her Speech-Language Pathology program. Her interest includes autism, bilingualism, medical speech-language pathology.

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Meridith LaSerre

Meridith is a third year undergraduate student at University of Texas at Austin. She is majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science and will have minors in American Sign Language and Critical Disability Studies. Her favorite part of the SKILLS lab is seeing her clients progress as well as watching the parent/caregivers gain confidence in communicating with their child.


Audrey Brumback, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Neurology, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Sheri Ravenscroft, M.D.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Dell Children's Medical Group

Mirza Lugo-Neris, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Graduate Alumni

Hoyoung Yi


Shannon Goodwin


McKenzie Speight


Matt Zellner