Graduate & Professional Members

Paiyu Jessica Chu, DMA
Piano Performance

Paiyu Chiu’s previous research focuses on the influence of group versus private piano lessons on young beginner’s musical learning outcomes. Her research interests also include the relationship between music learning and cognitive development, performance psychology, and performance health and well-being.



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Research Assistant,
UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS)

Lena is a teaching artist and trumpet performer who holds degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Theory & Philosophy from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her interests in music cognition research include the role of empathy in musical memory, and melodic and harmonic pitch expectancy.


Giuliana Conti
Doctoral Student, Music Education

Giuliana’s research interests include cognitive development, education policy and reform, and world music pedagogy. Before coming to UW, Giuliana taught music and non-music subjects in the Sacramento area. Giuliana’s bachelor’s degree was earned from UC Berkeley in 2010.



Thomas Deuel, M.D., Ph.D.
Affiliate Professor, DXARTS
Neurologist, Swedish Medical Center

Thomas’ research interests include the study of cognitive processing of music and cognitive production of music through neurophysiology.


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Doctoral Student, Music Education

Skúli’s research interests include informal music learning, music development, and technology in music classrooms. Originally from Iceland, Skúli taught elementary and secondary music, and continues 17-year career in popular music.


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Anita Kumar
Ph.D. Candidate, Music Education

Anita’s research interests include the influence of conductor gesture on perceptions of performance, young instrumentalists and their interactions with conductors, professional development models for in-service teachers, and life-long musicianship and learning.



Taina Lorenz
Doctoral Student, Music Education

Taina holds a Bachelor of Education in Music Education, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Alberta, and is thrilled to be working on her PhD in Music Education at the University of Washington. Her research interests include musical perception and cognition, particularly in adults, and conducting pedagogy.


Christopher Mena

Doctoral Student, Music Education





Tal-Chen Rabinowitch

Post-doctoral Fellow
UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS)

Tal-Chen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. Her research examines the connections between music, synchrony and emotional and social interaction in toddlers and young children. Her work is funded by a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship and a GRAMMY Foundation Grant.


Christina Zhao, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)

Christina’s primary interest is in experience-related neural plasticity, in particular, experience in music training in early childhood and its influence on speech perception and various cognitive functions.