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Current Lab Members

Fall 2023
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Elizabeth Johnson

Lab Director

Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester where she majored in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and completed a Take Five program in Developmental Biology & Evolution. She then went on to earn her PhD in Psychological & Brain Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University. During her final year as a PhD student, Dr. Johnson spent two semesters at the Speech Group at MIT. Dr. Johnson then accepted a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Dr. Johnson is now a Canada Research Chair in Spoken Language Acquisition and Professor of Psychology at UTM. She is also Director of the University of Toronto's Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Psychology. The main goal of her research program is to understand how young children acquire their native language.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Holly Bradley

Language(s) spoken: English (native), Mandarin (intermediate) 

Research Interests: neural processes underlying language development, speech perception, relationship between language and cognitive development, grammatical development

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PhD Candidate (Year 5)

Language(s) spoken: English (native)

Research Interests: Multilingual effects on language acquisition and perception, speaker recognition, music and language processing, auditory-visual speech processing.

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Research Lab Coordinator

Lisa Hotson

Language(s) spoken: English (native)

Research Experience: Research assistant in Dr. Laurel Trainor's Auditory Development Lab and Dr. Sandra Trehub's Music Development Lab

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Honours Thesis Student

Alexandra Hawse

Language(s) spoken: English (native)

Education: Forensic Psychology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Honours Thesis Student

Sophia Mackeigan

Language(s) spoken: English (fluent)

Education: Psychology Specialist, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Shahad Badr

Language(s) spoken: English & Arabic (native)

Education: Psychology & Linguistics, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Christopher Khalaf

Language(s) spoken: English, French, Arabic (fluent)

Education: Biotechnology Specialist, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2026

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Laura Neira

Language(s) spoken: Spanish (native), English (fluent)

Education: Neuroscience, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Audrey Thilloy

Language(s) spoken: French (native), English (fluent)

Education: Forensic Psychology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2026

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Work Study Student

Ana Beatriz de Faria Porto

Language(s) spoken: Portuguese (native), English (fluent), Spanish & French (learning)

Education: Psychology & Linguistics, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Work Study Student

Maripaz Gonzalez

Language(s) spoken: English (native), Spanish (fluent)

Education: Biology, Art History, & Psychology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Work Study Student

Cassie Yang

Language(s) spoken: Mandarin, English

Education: Animal Physiology, UTSG

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Volunteer

Reem Idris

Language(s) spoken: English & Arabic (fluent), French (intermediate)

Education: Psychology Specialist, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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PhD Candidate (Year 5)

Language(s) spoken: English (fluent) 

Research Interests: Language acquisition in early childhood bilingualism, relationship between bilingualism and cognitive development

 

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PhD Candidate (Year 2)

Emily Shroads

Language(s) spoken: English (native), Spanish & Malayalam (learning) 

Research Interests: early word learning, accent adaptation, experiential effects in language acquisition, individual differences

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Research Assistant

Josie Davies

Language(s) spoken: English (native), Spanish (learning)

Research Experience: Mitacs Globalinks Research Intern, Lab Manager in Dr. Amy Finn's Learning and Neural Development Lab

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Honours Thesis Student

Emily Kuik

Language(s) spoken: Mandarin (native), English (fluent), Malay (intermediate), Hokkien & French (basic), Japanese (learning)

Education: Psychology Specialist Program, UTSC

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Independent Research Project Student

Wardah Nadeem

Language(s) spoken: English & Urdu (native), French (fluent)

Education: Neuroscience Specialist, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Brianna Branco

Language(s) spoken: English (native)

Education: Psychology Specialist, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Megan Mackinnon

Language(s) spoken: English (native)

Education: Psychology Specialist Program, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Research Opportunity Project Student

Nicole Siudek

Language(s) spoken: English & Polish (native), French & Spanish (fluent), German & Italian (learning)

Education: Psychology & French Majors, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Work Study Student

Language(s) spoken: English (native), Urdu & Hindi (fluent)

Education: Biology & Psychology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Work Study Student

Grace Fontaine

Language(s) spoken: English (native)

Education: Biology & Psychology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Work Study Student

Tracy Ly

Language(s) spoken: Vietnamese & Cantonese (native), English (fluent), French (learning)

Education: Chemistry & Biology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2026

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Work Study Student

Faith Young

Language(s) spoken: English (native), French & Cantonese (learning)

Education: Psychology & Biology, UTM

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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