People

 

 

 Elizabeth JohnsonElizabeth 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)
Felix
Félix Desmeules-Trudel
Post Doctoral Fellow

Education:

  • B.A. Language Sciences, Université Laval (2011)
  • M.A. Linguistics, Université Laval (2013)
  • PhD Linguistics, University of Ottawa (2018)
  • Postdoc, Psychology & Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario (2018-2020)

Research Interests:

  • Psycholinguistics, Language Development, Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, Phonetics, Phonology, Lexicon
Priscilla Fung
Priscilla Fung
PhD 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 
PhD 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
Jida Jaffan
Jida Jaffan
PhD Candidate
Education:
  • BSc in Cognitive Science and Psychology at University of Toronto
  • MA in Linguistics at the University of Toronto

Research Interests:

  • Psycholinguistics! How individual differences (e.g. empathy) can impact child language development, and how children and robots use language to interact and learn.
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
Research Assistant
Education: HBSc in Biology for Health Sciences and Psychology
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!
Momina
Momina Raja
Research Assistant

Education: HBSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto Mississauga
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.
Mariam Galytskyy
Mariam Galytskyy
Honours Thesis 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.

Ethan Antidormi
Ethan Antidormi
ROP Student

Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, Specialist in Exceptionality in Human Learning
Expected Date of Graduation: 2021

Future Plans: I am planning on pursuing a career in occupational therapy or special education.

Fun Facts: I love sports, music, and spending time with friends and family.

Ayesha
Ayesha Khalid
ROP Student

Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, Specialist in Biology
Expected Date of Graduation: 2023

Future Plans: I plan to pursue a career in research for genetics.

Fun Facts: I love baking and playing the flute and learning new languages.

Sherry
Sherry Eskander
ROP Student

Education: HBSc in Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Expected Date of Graduation: 2022

Future Plans: I plan to pursue a career as a healthcare provider.

Fun Facts: I enjoy baking desserts, playing the piano and learning new language!

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!
Sofia Mirzazada
Sofia Mirzazada 
Work Study Student

Education: HBSc (Honours Bachelor of Science) in Health Sciences and Psychology, graduated June 2019. Currently pursuing a masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto Mississauga

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


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