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Matthew P

- Research Program Mentor

MA candidate at University of Connecticut


Cognitive Psychology; Psychology/Neuroscience of Language; Speech-Language Pathology; Communication Sciences & Disorders; Disability Studies; Social Psychology


Hi! My name is Matt Phillips, and I am an incoming graduate student in speech-language pathology at the University of Connecticut. I am also a person who stutters! Through my own life experiences, I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people with communication disorders, especially people who stutter. I am also interested in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, especially as it relates to speech and language. More recently, I have become interested in social psychology, and how people navigate the social world around them. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, playing golf, and reading!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Non-Native Speech Sound Learning

A major part of learning a foreign language is the ability to understand and produce its accent. This can be especially challenging, however, when a language has speech sounds that are similar, but not identical, to speech sounds of an individual's native language. This project seeks to investigate different cognitive abilities that may influence non-native speech sound learning, and therefore, the ability to successfully speak a foreign language.

Coding skills


Teaching experience

I have peer-mentored undergraduate research assistants in the lab I work in, and this summer I will be mentoring 2 high school students participating in summer research rotations! I have also given multiple guest lectures about the field of speech-language pathology, specifically stuttering, to 14 courses across 4 different universities.


Work experience

Language and Brain Laboratory, University of Connecticut (2019 - Current)
Research Assistant
National Stuttering Association (2019 - Current)
Teen Program Co-Coordinator; Volunteer


University of Connecticut
BA Bachelor of Arts
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Psychological Sciences
University of Connecticut
MA Master of Arts candidate
Speech-Language Pathology

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