Elizabeth Johnson, Principal 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.
- 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, Postdoctoral 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, 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, PhD 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, 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 Stutzman, PhD 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, 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, 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.
Lorena Vadan, Research Assistant
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, 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, 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, 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!