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Child Language and Speech Studies Lab: Fall/Winter 2019-2020Lab Members

Back Row (L to R): Tessa Marshall, Momina Raja, Arshnoor Khaira, Amrita Bagga, Elizabeth Johnson, Thomas St. Pierre, Ala Refai, Juhaku Okugawa

Middle Row (L to R): Priscilla Fung, Lisa Hotson, Madeleine Yu, Mariam Galytskyy, Fatima Adil, Gauri Chaudhari

Front Row (L to R): Tamim Fattah, Sofia Mirzazada, Manasi Patel, Lorena Vadan

Missing:  Raquelle Kupferschmidt, Denia Hurst, Grace Meany

 

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
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
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.
Sofia Mirzazada
Sofia Mirzazada
Research Assistant

Education: HBSc (Honours Bachelor of Science) in Health Sciences and Psychology, graduated June 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.

Arshnoor Khaira
Arshnoor Khaira
Honours Thesis 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!
Ala Refai
Ala Refai
Honours Thesis Student
Education: HBSc Psychology Specialist
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2020
 
Future Plans: I aspire to be a speech-language pathologist.
 
Fun Facts: I am a violin beginner!
Gauri Chaudhari
Gauri Chaudhari
Honours Thesis Student
Education: Specialist in Psychology and Major in Linguistics
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2021
 
Future Plans: I'd like to pursue a career that somehow combines both of my programs.
 
Fun Facts: I love gardening, horseback riding, and sleeping (in that order).
Fatima Adil
Fatima Adil

IRP 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.

Momina
Momina Raja
IRP & Work Study Student

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.
Amrita Bagga
Amrita Bagga
IRP & 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. 
Tamim Fattah
Tamim Fattah
IRP & Work Study 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.
Roberta Vadan
Lorena Vadan
ROP & 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!
Juhaku Okugawa
Juhaku Okugawa
ROP Student
Education: Major in Psychology. Minor in Biology and Education Studies
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2022
 
Future Plans: Career as a teacher of a medical doctor.
 
Fun Facts: I enjoy baseball and fishing. I also have a boat license!
Denia Hurst
Denia Hurst
ROP Student
Education: HBSc (Honours Bachelor of Science), Biology Specialist and Chemistry Minor
Expected Date of Graduation: June 2020
 
Future Plans: To pursue a career in healthcare.
 
Fun Facts: I like learning new languages (currently trying to learn ASL) and I can play the trumpet!
Raquelle Kupferschmidt
Raquelle Kupferschmidt
ROP Student
Education: Double Major in Biology for Health Science and Psychology
Expected Date of Graduation: April 2020
 
Future Plans: Master of Education, PhD in Leadership, Adminstration and Policy and a career in Directorship of Education.
 
Fun Facts: I like to paint my nails to de-stress!
Mariam Galytskyy
Mariam Galytskyy
Work Study 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.

Manasi PatelManasi Patel
Work Study 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.
Tessa Marshall
Tessa Marshall

Work Study 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!

Grace Meany
Grace Meany
Volunteer

Education: Psychology Major, Minor in Linguistics and English
Expected Date of Graduation: 2021

Future Plans: I hope to become a speech-language pathologist!

Fun Facts: The hobby I could never give up is creative writing.


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