People

 

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 Infant Language & Speech 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
Baby Melissa
Melissa Paquette-Smith
PhD Candidate
Education:
  • BSc specializing in Psychology and majoring in Biology from the University of Toronto.
  • MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Research Interests:

  • How infants interpret and evaluate speakers based on the way they speak (i.e. tone of voice, or their accent).
  • How children use the social information in their environment to acquire language (i.e. using tone of voice to infer word meaning).
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.
Rida Ansari
Rida Ansari
Research Assistant

Education: Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology specialist, with a minor in Sociology, at the University of Toronto
Expected Date of Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: Explore research in language, attention, memory and problem solving.

Fun Facts: I am an avid reader and have been on the search for the perfect reading chair, that makes all possible reading positions comfortable, for years. 
Mauricia Silva
Mauricia Silva
IRP Student

Education: BSc in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences
Expected Date of Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: Become a Speech - Language Pathologist.

Fun Facts: I have danced ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of 4 years old, and I really enjoy learning new languages.
Shukri Nur
Shukri Nur
IRP Student
Education: Exceptionality Human Learning Specialist, Linguistics Minor
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2018
 
Future Plans: To work as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
 
Fun Facts: I love reading and would love to start working on my own novel one day. I’m also a candy-lover and prefer candy over chocolate!
Sofia Mirzazada
Sofia Mirzazada
ROP 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.

Amrita Bagga
Amrita Bagga
ROP Student
 
Education: First-year 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. 
Caterina Bordignon
Caterina Bordignon
Work Study Student
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. 
Alexandra Rondinone
Alexandra Rondinone
Work Study Student
Education: Honours Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biology for Health Sciences and Psychology and a minor in Biomedical Communications.
Expected Date of Graduation: Fall 2018
 
Future Plans: To pursue research in public health, language development or occupational therapy.

Fun Facts: I'm a huge conversationalist and I love soccer, chocolate and meeting new people.

Yazad Bathena
Yazad Bathena
Work Study Student
Education: BSc in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2018
 
Future Plans: Clinical psychiatry or health psychology.
 
Fun Facts: I am able to understand fluent Gujarti from a very young age but for some reason cannot speak it. Maybe this ROP might help me figure out why!
Alyssa Baumgartner
Alyssa Baumgartner
Work Study Student
Education: Major in linguistics, minor in psychology and environmental studies.
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2018
 
Future Plans: Speech-language pathology.
 
Fun Facts: Member of the UofT improv team and best friends with her dog.
Christopher Klammer
Chris Klammer
volunteer

Education: Psychology Specialist, Linguistics Minor
Date of Graduation: June 2016

Future Plans: Head towards research in psychology.

Fun Facts: Chris loves to travel...vicarioulsy by eating foods from all over the world.
Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia
Volunteer
Education: BSc in Psychology, Criminology and Law
Expected Date of Graduation: Fall 2017
 
Future Plans: Pursue graduate studies in psychology research and work with underpriviledged children across the world.

Fun Facts: You can find me dancing everywhere I go, Mitch Albom is my favourite auther and I probably consume more coffee and sushi than you do.

Fatima Siddiqui
Fatima Siddiqui

Volunteer
Education: HBSc in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto. 
Expected Date of Graduation: 2017.
 
Future Plans: Pursue Child Study and Education

Fun Facts: I love watching International television and becoming familiar with new languages.


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