People

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
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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