Lab Director:

Nina Capone Singleton, PHD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

    Nina Capone Singleton is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders (BCS-CL) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, and an Associate Professor in the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. She earned her BA from Boston University (1990); her master’s degree (1997) and PhD (2003) were conferred by Northwestern University.

Dr. Capone Singleton has held clinical positions at the Children’s Seashore House- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia), Children’s Memorial Hospital (Chicago), Bright Futures Early Intervention Clinic (Evanston, Illinois), and the Westchester Institute for Human Development (Valhalla, New York).  She currently provides community outreach services in the areas of infant, toddler and preschool communication and feeding. Dr. Capone Singleton has extensive experience in the area of pediatric dysphagia and early speech-language disorders. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association and maintains her professional licenses. She is certified by the Hanen Center in More Than Words and It Takes Two To Talk programs, and is PROMPT trained.

Dr. Capone Singleton is the director of the Developmental Language and Cognition Lab, and The Feeding Project, both at Seton Hall University. In her research, she is interested in (1) how children’s word learning evolves over time, (2) the relationship between learning the word form versus word meaning, and (3) using the gestural modality as a window onto what children know about the words they are learning. Our most recent study examines word retrieval with a variety of multi-sensory hints!

The Feeding Project has the mission of detailing typical processes of feeding and swallowing development.

Dr. Capone Singleton’s work is published in the Journal of Child Language, the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and the journal  Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools. She also served as associate editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (2010-2013; and Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica) and is currently associate editor of Journal of Communication Disorders.  She has presented at both national and international conferences. Dr. Capone Singleton is co-author of the text Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications (Third Edition).



The lab has terrific contributions from many current members and alumni!



The Lab is humming with a variety of research assistants at any one time. We accept undergraduate research students from the Seton Hall University community or UGs visiting from other institutions. We also have Graduate students (MS-level) who are research assistants assigned by the department or completing their research thesis/project under my mentoring. Doctoral-level graduate students join as their research interests dictate.

Yichien Su, MS, CCC-SLP (doctoral student)

Monique Kaye Barrone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (doctoral student alumna)

Current MS Students:

Alexandria Asaro, BS

Current UG research assistants working on the Cross-Cultural & Developmental Gesture Projects:

Ellen Cai  (visiting from south NJ)

Ganya Luo (visiting from California)

Alumni of the Lab

Stamatina Moskonas

Isabella Greer

Sarah Adam

Claudia Romani

Daisy Kaloshi

Carolina Holguin

Kaitlynn Wagner, MS, CCC-SLP

Emily Barnard, MS, CCC-SLP

Natalie Nunez, MS, CCC-SLP

Melody Bush, MS, CCC-SLP

Stefani Buck, MS, CCC-SLP

Mychell Maldendo, MS, CCC-SLP

Elizabeth Hathaway, MS, CCC-SLP;

Soriennys Brito-Nunez, MS, CCC-SLP,

Lauren Jacobson, MS, CCC-SLP,

Caitlin Celendano, MS, CCC-SLP,

Rina Lobel, MS, CCC-SLP

Danielle Kaufman, BS (volunteer, Rutgers Univ.)

Alexandra Murray, MS, CCC-SLP, T

Taylor Greenstein, MS, CCC-SLP

Jessica Eberling, MS, CCC-SLP

Kristen Berezniak, MS, CCC-SLP

Ashley Kapinos, MS,CCC-SLP

Lab Assistant: Allison Diamond (volunteer, Univ. of Michigan)

Alison Zelenky, MS, CCC-SLP

Laura Anderson, MS, CCC-SLP

Shellie Davis, MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren Grandal, MS, CCC-SLP

Christina Lombardo, MS, CCC-SLP

Gabrielle Wang, MS

Michelle Andron, MS

Stephanie Whitney, MS

Suzanne MacMaster, MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren LaBarbera, MS, CCC-SLP

Samantha Lichocki, MA, CCC-SLP

Lianne Allen, MS, CCC-SLP

Chelsae Quada, MS, CCC-SLP

Caseyanne Higgins, MS, CCC-SLP

Cara Brennan, MS (volunteer, Univ. of Michigan)

Brittany Conwell, MS (1988-2013)

Jessica Saks, MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren Masini, MS, CCC-SLP

Nisha Patel, MS, CCC-SLP

Stefanie Braun, MS, CCC-SLP

Etan Haziza, MS, CCC-SLP

Lindsey Nygren, MS, CCC-SLP

Kristin Gavinelli, MS, CCC-SLP

Ernesty Walters, MS, CCC-SLP

Erica Goodrich, MS, CCC-SLP