Academic Positions


Assistant Professor: Psychology, UMass Dartmouth (2017-present)

Associated Personnel: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program, Boston Children's Hospital (2016-present)

Research Scholar: Linguistics, UConn (2017-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow: Linguistics, UConn (2013-2017)

Postdoctoral Researcher: Linguistics, UC San Diego (2012-2013)

Ph.D: Cognitive Pyschology, UC San Diego (2006-2012)

B.A: Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester (1999-2003)

Under revision: R21 (NIDCD) 

2013-2016: F32/NRSA (NIDCD)

2013-2015: Newton Fellowship (British Academy & Royal Society) - awarded, but declined

2014-2015: IGERT Discovery Award (NSF/UConn)

2013-2014: Communication Disorders Grant (UConn)

2011-2012: Rita L. Atkinson Fellow for Interdisciplinary Research, UC San Diego


Hall, M. L., Eigsti, I.-M., Bortfeld, H., & Lillo-Martin, D. (2018). Executive function in deaf children: Auditory access and language access. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Hall, M. L., Eigsti, I.-M., Bortfeld, H., & Lillo-Martin, D. (2017). Auditory access, language access, & implicit sequence learning in deaf childrenDevelopmental Science.

Hall, M. L. & Ferreira, V. S. (under revision).  Cognitive and communicative influences on language structure: Non-signers recapitulate sign-like “split order” pattern in silent gesture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.


Hall, M. L., Richie, R., & Coppola, M. (under review). Converging evidence: Enhanced conventionalization of gestural referring expressions in richly-connected networks. Cognitive Science.  


Hall, M. L., Hall, W. C., & Caselli, N.C. (under review).  Deaf children need language, not (just) speech. First Language.


Hall, M. L. (2017). Pros and cons of blurring gesture-language lines: an evolutionary linguistic perspective.  Commentary on Goldin-Meadow & Brentari. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. doi:

Hall, M. L., Mayberry, R. I., & Ferreira, V.S. (2017). Acceptability judgments still matter: deafness and documentation.  Commentary on Branigan & Picking. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Jan;40:e293. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X17000413


Hall, M. L., Eigsti, I.-M., Bortfeld, H., & Lillo-Martin, D. (2017). Auditory deprivation doesn’t impair executive function, but language deprivation might: Parent-report evidence from deaf native signing children. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 22(1), 9-21.


Hall, M. L., Ferreira, V.S., & Mayberry, R. I. (2015). Syntactic priming in American Sign Language. PLoS One 10(3): e0119611. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119611.


Hall, M. L., Ahn, Y. D., Mayberry, R. I., & Ferreira, V. S. (2015). Production and comprehension show divergent constituent order preferences: Evidence from elicited pantomime.  Journal of Memory and Language, 81, 16-33.


Hall, M. L., Ferreira, V. S., & Mayberry, R. I. (2014). Investigating constituent order change with elicited pantomime: A functional account of SVO emergence, Cognitive Science, 1-30.


Hall, M. L., Mayberry, R. I., & Ferreira, V.S. (2013). Cognitive constraints on constituent order: Evidence from elicited pantomime, Cognition, 129, 1-17.


Mayberry, R. I., Hall, M. L., & Zvaigzne, M. T. (2013).  Subjective frequency estimates for 432 signs in relation to age of ASL exposure, Behavioral Research Methods. DOI: 10.3758/s13428-013-0370-x


Hall, M. L., Ferreira, V.S., & Mayberry, R. I.  (2012). Phonological similarity judgments in ASL: Evidence for maturational constraints on phonetic perception in sign. Sign Language & Linguistics, 15, 104-127. doi: 10.1075/sll.15.1.05hal


Hall, M. L.(2011). Bilingual picture naming studies constrain theories of lexical access. Frontiers in Psychology 2, 381. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00381


Hall, M. L., & Bavelier, D. (2011). Short-term memory in sign and speech: The source of the serial span discrepancy. Cognition, 120, 54-66.


Hall, M. L., & Bavelier, D. (2010). Working memory, deafness, and sign language. In M. Marschark and P. Spencer (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, Volume 2.


Bavelier, D., Newport, E. L., Hall, M. L., Supalla, T., & Boutla, M. (2008). Ordered short-term memory differs in signers and speakers: Implications for models of short-term memory. Cognition, 107, 433-459.


Bavelier, D., Newport, E. L., Hall, M. L., Supalla, T., & Boutla, M. (2006). Persistent difference in short-term memory span between sign and speech: Implications for cross-linguistic comparisons. Psychological Science, 17(12), 1090-1092.