Jenny Roche’s (Director) reseach interests include communication in a social context. She is especially interested in the cognitive mechanisms that drive communication (successful and unsuccessful). She views communication as being richly linguistic, psycholingustic, and social, which dynamically interact with and influence adaptation to complex and novel conversational situations. Much of her reseach has focused on acoustic aspects of affective speech, perspective taking, and psycholinguistic cues to miscommunicaiton. She has an expertise in acoustics of affective speech production and social pragmatics. To contact Jenny, please visit her website:

Graduate Researchers. The MADI Lab currently has three graduate student researchers working on independent projects and theses. 

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Gino Cioffi’s research interests focus on bio stats, with an interest in Big Data. 

Ashley Ferguson’s research interests focus on social perceptions of person’s who stutter. Thesis: “Social Perceptions of Speech Disfluencies.” 


Christine Suh

Christine Suh’s research interests focus on how cultural competence impcats communicative effort. Thesis: "Cultural Miscommunication in L1 vs L2: How do listeners respond?"

Lindsay Vale’s research interests focus on the impact of socio-pragmatic cues has on communication. Independent Study: "Intonational Punctuation in Natural Text-Based Communication." 

Undergraduate Researchers. The MADI Lab currently has approximately a number undergraduate researchers: Sarah Ruwe, Rachel Whitten, Thimberley Morgan, Alexa Adams, Amanda Moss, Dominic Ficetti, Krysta Dexter, Desiree Stribling, Aylin Chagolla, (more names coming soon)… 

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