PEN Alumni

Dr. Emily Kubicek

Emily Kubicek (Dr. Lorna Quandt, Advisor), a third year candidate in the PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, works with Dr. Quandt in the Action & Brain Lab (ABL) at Gallaudet University.

Emily is originally from California and attended San José State University where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

She served as a volunteer at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. She also worked as a teaching assistant for San José State University's ASL classes.

With this experience, Emily began her graduate studies in Gallaudet University’s Speech, Hearing, and Language Sciences department before transitioning to the PEN program.

She previously worked in Petitto's Brain and Language Lab for Neuroimaging (BL2) at Gallaudet University, where she received training on functional infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Now in ABL, Emily uses electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the neural underpinnings of spatial cognition in signers and non-signers. Specifically, Emily's research explores how sign language experience may impact performance on mental rotation tasks. 

Emily is passionate about diversity in STEM and hopes that her work both in and out of the lab will aid in creating a more accessible environment for all underrepresented groups in science."