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Current Lab Members

Summer 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.

Language(s): English (native)

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Priscilla Fung

PhD Candidate (Year 4)

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

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Madeleine Yu

PhD Candidate (Year 4)

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

Language(s): English (native)

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Emily Shroads

PhD Candidate (Year 1)

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

Language(s): English (native), Spanish (conversational), Malayalam (learning)

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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.

Language(s): English (native)

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Alexandra Hawse

NSERC - USRA Student

Education: Forensic Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

Language(s): English (native)

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Wardah Nadeem

Research Assistant Summer Job Program

Education: Neuroscience specialist, Psychology Major, Biology Minor

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

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

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Kaitlyn Harris

Research Assistant

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

 Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

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

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Maripaz Gonzalez

Research Assistant

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

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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

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Wujiamei (Grace) Sun

IRP Student

Education: Psychology Research Specialist

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Emily Kuik

Honours Thesis Student

Education: Psychology Specialist Program, minor in Linguistics, University of Toronto Scarborough

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024/25

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Jana AlFaras

ROP Student

Education: Double major in Biology and Psychology

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

Language(s): English (native), Arabic (native)

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Ismail Amir

ROP Student

Education: Biology for Health Sciences, Psychology

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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

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Ana Beatriz de Faria Porto

ROP Student

Education: Major in Psychology; Minors in Linguistics and Education Studies

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

Language(s): Portuguese (native), English (fluent), ASL (learning)

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Reem Idris

ROP Student

Education: Psychology Specialist

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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

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Tracy Ly

ROP Student

Education: Life Sciences, Chemistry and Biology for Health Sciences major

Expected Year of Graduation: 2026

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

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Faith Young

ROP Student

Education: Psychology Major and Biology Major 

Expected Year of Graduation: 2025

Language(s): English (fluent), French (learning), Cantonese (learning)

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Zicheng Shao

Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting at Zhejiang University, China

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

Language(s): Mandarin (native), English (fluent), Spanish (basic)

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Yantong Xiang

Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Education:  English major, the School of Foreign Studies, South China Agricultural University

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

Language(s): Mandarin (native), Cantonese (native), English (learning)

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Leah Rudmik

Work Study Student

Education:  Majoring in Psychology and Linguistics

Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

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Josie Davies

Volunteer, Former Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Education:  Majoring in Psychology at Cardiff University

Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

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