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Allison Whitten, Ph.D.

Allison Whitten is a postdoctoral research fellow who joined the Morgan lab in January 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Hearing & Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University after completing her undergraduate studies in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on using neuroimaging methods to understand how disruptions to large-scale networks involved in language processing give rise to language impairments in clinical populations. In her previous work, she developed a novel EEG paradigm with naturalistic stimuli that identified distinct neural processing deficits in language subgroups of children with autism spectrum disorder. As a postdoctoral trainee in the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science, her current projects use MRI methods to investigate the effects of seizure propagation networks and surgical treatment on language abilities in epilepsy, as well as examining the utility of presurgical fMRI language mapping to inform surgical decisions and predict post-surgery language outcomes in epilepsy.