Principal Investigator

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Tracy Centanni, PhD

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Dr. Centanni is the lab director and is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at TCU. She completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2013, followed by postdoctoral work at MGH Institute of Health Professions and MIT. Her research focuses on auditory and visual perception of language, reading acquisition, genetics of communication disorders, and plasticity.


Current graduate students


Abby Mason was born and raised in the tiny town of Sweetwater, TN. After high school, she attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated, Magna Cum Laude, a year early with her BS in psychology. She has many research interests, including studying the brain to better understand neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Her hobbies include painting, reading, and hanging out with friends. She ultimately hopes to have a successful career in research, and to one day host a Ted Talk.

Abby joined the lab in 2018.


Vishal Thakkar grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL before completing his undergraduate work at Saint Louis University, majoring in neuroscience with minors in health care ethics and medical humanities. Vishal came to TCU in the fall of 2016 and joined the lab in fall 2017 with interests in dyslexia, language and reading processes, and broadly, different ways we can learn about the brain and its plasticity. He aspires to have a career in academia after completing graduate school. Outside the lab and classroom, he enjoys reading and writing for fun, playing basketball, and spending time with friends and family.


Want to see your picture in this spot?

The Centanni lab (aka the Genetics of Auditory Perception and Plasticity lab) at TCU is looking for motivated graduate students with an interest in perception, language, reading, genetics, and/or plasticity! Feel free to send Dr. Centanni a personal email if you have any questions! t.m.centanni (at)


Current lab members:

Undergrad research assistants:                                               

Abby Thorne      Nathania Davis
Madeline Pitcock Jared Fox
Zoe Richardson Nick Mattox
Aubrey Tonsager Rosie Robinson
Sarah Taghavi Grace Mortenson
Matt Conner Kate Turner
Annie Dang Enrique Garcia
Jordan Zialu

Centanni Lab Alumni:

Carly Stacey
Alexis Jefferson   
Trinton Kahland     
Grace Pecoraro
Courtney Weeks
Caiden Berry 
Katheryn Wisely
Briana Syed