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Child Language and Speech Studies Lab: Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Lab Members

Back Row (L to R): Changhao Gao, Sarah Dehbi, Momina Raja, Amrita Bagga, Tamim Fattah, Natalie Fecher, Elizabeth Johnson, Angela Cooper

Front Row (L to R): Priscilla Fung, Madeleine Yu, Arda Brahaj, Angela Cooper

Missing:  Lisa Hotson, Caterina Bordingnon, Grace Wang, Arshnoor Khaira, Ala Refai, Manasi Patel, Jenna Laking, Sofia Mirzazada, Zena Agabani, Lily Najm,  Lorena 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
Thomas St Pierre
Thomas St. Pierre
Post Doctoral Fellow

Education:

  • MA in Linguistics and TESOL at Ball State University
  • PhD in Linguistics (Cognitive Science Track) at the University at Buffalo

Research Interests:

  • Adaptation, Processing L2 Speech, Language Attitudes, Reference, Influence of Extralinguistic Factors on Processing (in children and adults)
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.
Arshnoor Khaira
Arshnoor Khaira
SSHERC summer 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!
Amrita Bagga
Amrita Bagga
NSERC Summer 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. 
Momina
Momina Raja
Research Assistant

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.
Tamim Fattah
Tamim Fattah
Research Assistant

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.

Sofia Mirzazada
Sofia Mirzazada
Research Assistant

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
Research Assistant
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!
Mariam Galytskyy
Mariam Galytskyy
ROP Student

Education: HBSc in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences
Expected Date of Graduation: 2021

Future Plans: Speech therapy or psychology research

Fun Facts: I'm a drug dealer (I work part-time at a pharmacy) and I love creative writing.

Fatima Adil
Fatima Adil

ROP Student

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

Future Plans: A career in healthcare.

Fun Facts: I have lived in six different cities across four countries. My interests include reading, table tennis, and calligraphy.

Gresha Shah
Gresha Shah
ROP Student

Education: HBSc Double Major in Biology for Health Science and Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: 2022

Future Plans: Pursue a career as a child psychiatrist and conduct research in the field of psychiatry.

Fun Facts: I am double jointed, I love travelling to different places and experiencing new cultures, and I like learning new languages (I am currently trying to learn Turkish!).

Tessa Marshall
Tessa Marshall

ROP Student

Education: Double Major Psychology and Linguistics
Expected Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: To pursue a career in research in the field of psycholinguistics.

Fun Facts: My earliest part-time job was being a voice actress for children's cartoons when I was five years old!

Ala Refai
Ala Refai
Work Study 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!
Maria Dumdumaya
Maria Dumdumaya
Volunteer

Education: HBA in Linguistics and French Studies
Date of Graduation: June 2018

Future Plans: I am interested in pursuing Speech Language Pathology or helping professions that I would find rewarding.

Fun Facts: My favourite season is spring because I love to see flowers blooming. I’m a very big foodie, I love all types of dessert most especially ice cream!

Mariam Mina
Volunteer

Education: The University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science, Biopsychology Cognition and Neuroscience
Date of Graduation: Fall 2020

Future Plans: I hope to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Fun Facts: I enjoy reading books, playing the piano and most of all travelling the world. I have been to Thailand, Malaysia, UAE, Egypt, Germany, Canada and 10 States in the US!

Abdul Arwini
Abdul Arwini
Volunteer

Education: HBSc major in biology for health sciences with a double minor in psychology and chemistry
Date of Graduation: Fall 2021

Future Plans: Pursue becoming a pediatrician/pediatric dentist.

Fun Facts: I have been babysitting since grade 8 and still do. I also know how to cook.

Runyi Yao
Runyi Yao
Summer Intern

Education: Junior undergraduate in Jilin University, KYM honor program in humanities, major in Chinese language and literature, minor in history.
Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: Pursue a higher degree in linguistics.

Research Interests: The developmental sociolinguistics of children, multilingual effect on language acquistion.

Khrystyna MandziyKhrystyna Mandziy
Summer Intern

Education: Applied Linguistics at Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine).
Date of Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: Get a master's degree in Applied Linguistics.

Fun Facts: Love traveling and can't stop dreaming of visiting more exciting places. Keen on winter sports and ski since I was 4 years old.


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