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Current Lab Members

Fall 2021
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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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Thomas St. Pierre

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests: Adaptation, processing L2 speech, language attitudes, reference, influence of extralinguistic factors on processing in children and adults

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Priscilla Fung

PhD Candidate (Year 3)

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

Madeleine as a child
Madeleine Yu

PhD Candidate (Year 3)

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

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Jida Jaffan

Jida Jaffan

PhD Candidate (Year 2), co-supervised with Craig Chambers

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

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Lisa Hotson

Lisa Hotson

Research Lab Co-ordinator

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

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Bailey Agard

Bailey Agard

Research Assistant (former SROP student)

Education: Specialized Honours BA in Cognitive Science, York University

Expected Year of Graduation: 2022

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Kaitlyn Harris

Kaitlyn Harris

SSHRC-UTEA Scholar

Education: English major, French and Education Studies minors, University of Toronto Mississauga

 Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

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Jessica Hira

Jessica Hira

NSERC-USRA Scholar

Education: HSBC, Neuroscience Specialist, Biology for Health Sciences Major, Chemistry Minor, University of Toronto Mississauga

  Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

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Danyel Ore

IRP Student

Education: Psychology Specialist, majoring in Criminology, Law & Society, minoring in Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

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Leena Saleh

ROP Student

Education: Double major in Political Science and Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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Alexandra Hawse

ROP Student

Education: Forensic Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Liaba Jat

ROP Student

Education: Psychology Major Program, University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

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Maripaz Gonzalez

ROP Student

Education: Majoring in Biology for Health Sciences,  minoring in Art History and Psychology,  University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Leah Rudmik

ROP Student

Education: Majoring in Psychology and Linguistics, University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Eason Shum

Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Education: BA with majors in English Studies and Translation, University of Hong Kong

Expected Year of Graduation: 2023