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Research interests: First language acquisition, conversation, turn-taking speech processing, & second language acquisition.

Work Experience

Research Staff Member (self-funded), Language Development Department, MPI Nijmegen, Jan 2017–Present.

Postdoctoral researcher, Meaning, Culture, and Cognition Group, Radboud University, June 2016–Dec 2016.

Research Staff Member, Department of Language and Cognition, MPI Nijmegen, July 2013–June 2016.



Stanford University, Stanford, CA Ph.D., M.A., Department of Linguistics, June 2013

    • Thesis: Learning to take turns on time: Perception and production processes involved in keeping inter-turn gaps short.
    • Committee: Eve V. Clark (Chair), Herbert H. Clark, Michael C. Frank, Robert J. Podesva


University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA B.A., Departments of Linguistics & Italian, June 2008

    • Linguistics and Psychology
    • Italian and Special Fields


Summer programs

    • LSA Linguistic Institute, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
    • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), University of California, Berkeley, 2007
    • Institute for Applied Mathematics (IPAM), Graduate Summer School: Probabilistic Models of Cognition University of California, Los Angeles, 2007


Academic honors and awards

    • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) Veni Individual Researcher Grant, Awarded in 2016; $250,000.
    • Mentors in Teaching Fellowship, Awarded in 2013; TA leadership position.
    • National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, Awarded in 2012; $12,646.
    • Acoustical Society of America Minority Fellowship, Awarded in 2012; $20,000.
    • Graduate Research Opportunity Funding, Awarded in 2012; $1,450.
    • Graduate Women in Science, Honorable Mention in 2012.
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Awarded in 2009; tuition, research, and travel funding for three years.
    • PhD Fellowship, Stanford University, Awarded in 2008; tuition and yearly stipend.
    • SROP Scholarship, Awarded in 2007; tuition, room, and board for the summer session. 


Academic Service


2015 Nijmegen Lectures Organizing Committee

MPI Dialogue talk series coordinator


Stanford Psychology of Language and Tea talk series coordinator

Stanford Linguistics Lab Committee member

Stanford Linguistics graduate student-faculty liaison

33rd Child Language Research Forum Organizing Committee member

Ad hoc reviewer:

Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

Journal of Child Language

Infant Behavior and Development

Frontiers in Psychology




English (native), Spanish (conversational), and Italian (conversational).


Basic scripting in Python, MATLAB, and Java. Analysis in Praat and R.

Last checked 2017-01-17

Marisa Casillas

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands