Dr. Sandra Trehub, Music Development Lab Director (publications) 

Dr. Trehub received her doctoral degree in psychology from McGill University and has been at the University of Toronto Mississauga for many years. Although most of her research is conducted at the University of Toronto Mississauga, she also travels extensively to observe parents’ musical interactions with infants in different cultures. 


Research Assistants

Chella Velkannan, who has received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Toronto, is currently the research assistant. 


Sampling of Previous Lab Members

Laura Cirelli, former postdoctoral fellow, is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Michael Weiss (Ph.D. 2016), who studied children's and adult's memory for melodies, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal. 

Mathieu Saindon (Ph.D. 2016), who studied children's understanding of intonation, is a statistician at the Department of Defence in Ottawa.

Inge Alferink, former postdoctoral fellow, is a research associate at the University of York.

Beste Kalender (M.A. 2009), a former graduate student, is an award-winning mezzo-soprano who performs in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Anna Volkova (Ph.D. 2012), who studied melody and emotion recognition in young children with cochlear implants, is currently living in New York.

Judy Plantinga, former postdoctoral fellow, works in the volunteer sector in Hamilton.

Takayuki Nakata, former postdoctoral fellow, is Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Future University Hakodate in Japan.

Mayumi Adachi, former postdoctoral fellow, is Professor of Psychology at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.

Tara Vongpaisal (Ph.D. 2009), who studied music perception and voice identification in deaf children and adolescents with cochlear implants, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Tali Shenfield (Ph.D. 2004), who studied word learning in infants, is a clinical child psychologist in private practice.

Erin Hannon is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Tonya Bergeson-Dana (Ph.D. 2002), who studied mothers’ speech and singing to infants, is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder at Butler University Indianapolis. 

Bruce Morton (Ph.D. 2002), who studied children’s perception of emotion in speech, is Associate Professor of Psychology, Western University.

Marianne Fallon (Ph.D. 2001), who studied children’s perception of speech in noise, is Associate Professor of Psychological Science, Central Connecticut State University.