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Child Language and Speech Studies Lab: Summer 2018

Summer 2018

Back Row (L to R): Elizabeth Johnson, Ala Refai, Sarah Dehbi, Tamim Fattah, Angela Cooper

Middle Row (L to R): Yazad Bhathena, Zena Agabani, Momina Raja, Grace Wang, Melissa Paquette-Smith, Priscilla Fung

Front Row (L to R): Caterina Bordignon, Arda Brahaj, Lisa Hotson, Shukri Nur

Missing:  Natalie Fecher, Mauricia Silva, Lily Najm, Shaima Behery, Roberta Vadan

 

baby Elizabeth Elizabeth Johnson
Principal Investigator departmental page

Education:

  • BA from the University of Rochester with major in Brain & Cognitive Sciences (minors: Linguistics, Italian).
  • Take Five program in Developmental Biology & Evolution.
  • MA in Psychology and PhD in Psychological & Brain Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Post doc position at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, NL.
  • Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and the Director of the UTM Child Language and Speech Studies Lab.

Research Interests:

  • Perception/production of infant-directed speech, visual prosody, speaker recognition, sentence processing by toddlers, early word recognition, and the perception of language-specific prosody.
Natalie Fecher
Natalie Fecher
Post Doctoral Fellow

Education:

  • MA in Phonetics and Speech Processing in 2009 from the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  • PhD in Linguistics (Forensic Speech Science) from the University of York, United Kingdom.

Research Interests:

  • phonetics, speaker recognition by infants, children, and adults, forensic speech science, auditory-visual speech processing
Angela Cooper
Angela Cooper
Post Doctoral Fellow

Education:

  • BA in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University
  • MA in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University
  • PhD in Linguistics from Northwestern University, USA

Research Interests:

  • speech perception, perceptual learning, native and second language communication, music and language processing
Priscilla Fung
Priscilla Fung
M.A. Candidate
Education:
  • BSc specializing in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Research Interests:

  • Language acquistion in early childhood bilingualism
  • Relationship between bilingualism and cogitive development
Madeleine Yu
Madeleine Yu
M.A. Candidate
Education:
  • BSc in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego

Research Interests:

  • Multilingual effects on language acquistion and perception
  • Speaker recognition, music and language processing, auditory-visual speech processing
Lisa Hotson baby
Lisa Hotson
Research Lab Coordinator
Education:
  • BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo.
  • Worked as a research assistant in Dr. Laurel Trainor's Auditory Development Lab as well as Dr. Sandra Trehub's Music Development Lab.
Caterina Bordignon
Caterina Bordignon
IRP/Research Assistant
Education: Major in Psychology, Major in Biology for Health Science, Minor in Chemistry. 
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2019.
 
Future Plans: Research in Psychology or a career in Medicine.
 
Fun Facts: I love hockey and the Toronto Maple Leafs are my favourite team. 
Momina
Momina Raja
IPR/work study

Education: HBSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto Mississauga
Expected Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: I am planning on pursuing a career in medicine as a psychiatrist or researching in the field of clinical psychology.

Fun Facts: I love to read all sorts of fiction and non-fiction novels. I also love to write short creative pieces and one day would like to publish a novel.
Grace Wang
Grace Wang
IRP Student

Education: Psychology Specialist, Sociology Minor, and Professional Writing and Communications minor
Expected Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: I'd love to work as a clinical psychologist, pursue my own research, or start a business. Honestly, any job where I get to keep learning while giving back to the community would be a dream!

Fun Facts: I'm from California, I can recite the entire periodic table song, and I can handle a ridiculous amount of spicy food.
Changhao Gao
Changhao Gao
IRP Student

Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, Specialist in Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I wish to do research in psycholinguistics or become a clinical psychologist.

Fun Facts: I love eating good food from around the world.
Sarah Dehbi
Sarah Dehbi
ROP/work study student

Education: Undergraduate Psychology Specialist Student at the University of Toronto Mississauga
Expected Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: Research in Psychology or pursue a career in the Medical field.

Fun Facts: I love learning new languages and travelling around the world to discover new cultures and try new cuisines!

Tamim Fattah
Tamim Fattah
ROP Student

Education: BSc Double Major in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga
Expected Date of Graduation: 2021

Future Plans: A career in Medicine and/or Psychology (maybe Psychiatry).

Fun Facts: I love playing guitar, piano and badminton! I only lift chocolate bars. A big Coldplay fan and a polyglot.
Ala Refai
Ala Refai
ROP Student
Education: Undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Toronto Mississauga
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2020
 
Future Plans: To pursue a career in psychological research, or in medicine/health care.
 
Fun Facts: I love participating as a delegate in Model United Nations conferences. I am also a violin beginner!
Manasi Patel
Manasi Patel
ROP Student
Education: Specialist in Molecular Biology and a double major in Psychology and Chemistry
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2020
 
Future Plans: Career in medicine and/or research in genetics and psychology.
 
Fun Facts: I always have room for dessert. I also enjoy writing, hiking, and watching ice hockey.
Jenna Laking
Jenna Laking
ROP Student
Education: Major in Psychology, Major in Linguistics
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2019
 
Future Plans: A career in speech-language pathology.
 
Fun Facts: I want to travel the world and my favourite food is tacos.
Arshnoor Khaira
Arshnoor Khaira
ROP Student
Education: HBSc in Biology for Health Sciences and Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2019
 
Future Plans: Pursue a career as a health care provider.
 
Fun Facts: I love to bake sweet treats and I love to eat sweet treats!

Arda Brahej
Arda Brahaj
Work Study student

Education: I am currently in the process of completing my undergraduate degree in Life science at UTM with a double major in Health Sciences and Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2019
 
Future Plans: I either plan to pursue a career in medicine or a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology.
 
Fun Facts: On my free time I like to sketch and I like watching foreign TV shows and movies.

Sofia Mirzazada
Sofia Mirzazada
Work Study Student

Education: HBSc (Honours Bachelor of Science) in Health Sciences and Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: Pursue my dream of becoming a health practitioner - hopefully becoming a paediatrician.

Fun Facts: I love travelling, eating food, and appreciating different languages and cultures.

Roberta Vadan
Lorena Vadan
Work Study Student
Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, Double Major in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2021
 
Future Plans: I plan to successfully work in the medical field, as a psychiatrist.
 
Fun Facts: I love playing piano, biking, even travelling!
Amrita Bagga
Amrita Bagga
Work study Student
Education: Life Sciences student at the University of Toronto Mississauga
Expected Date of Graduate: 2020
 
Future Plans: I aspire to become a pediatrician or psychiatrist in the future.
 
Fun Facts: I love travelling to different places and eating new foods that I have not tried before. Some places that I have travelled to include Florida, Alberta, India and Atlanta. 
Lily Njam
Lily Najm
Volunteer

Education: BSc from the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy
Date of Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: To pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology.

Fun Facts: I have a 7 year old spaniel named Oscar who I love and adore!

Zena Agabani
Zena Agabani
Volunteer

Education: HBSc Double Major in Biology for Health Sciences and Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: Planning to pursue a career in medicine.

Fun Facts: I'm an avid traveller, and I love playing and watching basketball.

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