Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth JohnsonPrincipal Investigator


  • 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.
  • 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

Thomas St Pierre

Thomas St. PierrePostdoctoral Fellow


  • 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 acquisition in early childhood bilingualism, relationship between bilingualism and cognitive development.

Madeleine Yu

Madeleine YuPhD Candidate

Education: BSc in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego

Research Interests: Multilingual effects on language acquisition 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 the 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.


Levi StutzmanPhD Candidate


• BA in Psychology and Philosophy from York University
• MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China
• MSc in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language from the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

Research Interests: Multimodal communication and interaction, gesture, language acquisition, and human-robot interaction.

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
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 Raja, Research Assistant

Education: HBSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto Mississauga
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.

Roberta Vadan

Lorena Vadan, Research Assistant

Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, Double Major in Psychology and Biology for Health Sciences
Future Plans: I plan to successfully work in the medical field as a psychiatrist.
Fun Facts: I love playing piano, biking, even travelling!

Ethan Antidormi

Ethan Antidormi, NSERC-USRA Student

Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, Specialist in Exceptionality in Human Learning
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.

Kaitlyn Harris

Kaitlyn Harris, ROP Student

Education: English major with French and Education Studies minors, University of Toronto Mississauga. Expected Date of Graduation: 2023
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a career in education, and I hope to eventually work for an international organization like UNICEF.
Fun Facts: I have been playing the flute for 8 years, and during the pandemic I learned to play the ukulele! 


Mansi Narula, ROP Student

Education: University of Toronto Mississauga, HSBc in Psychology, secondary major in Criminology, Law & Society Expected Date of Graduation: 2023
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a career that provides me an intersection between my passion for rehabilitation science and the legal field.
Fun Facts: I own a small business specializing in custom products! I also love playing sports, baking, and I cannot go a day without eating dessert.


Priyanka Raj, ROP Student

Education: HBSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Toronto. Expected Date of Graduation: 2023
Future Plans: In the future, I plan to work in Natural Language Processing in the field of artificial intelligence, where I would focus on the relationships between natural language and machinery/technology.
Fun Facts: I’ve lived in 8 different countries including Brazil and Kazakhstan! 

Bailey Agard

Bailey Agard, SROP Student

Education: Specialized Honours BA in Cognitive Science, York University. Expected Date of Graduation: 2022
Future Plans: I plan to continue researching topics in Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics.
Fun Facts: I am a gentle-spirited varsity wrestler who also enjoys reading, piano-playing, and travelling.


Sherry Eskander, Volunteer

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 languages! 


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