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7141 Sherbrooke West, PY-033
Montreal, QC, H4B 1R6
Canada

514-848-2424 ext.5831

Our research investigates how infants from different language backgrounds, both monolingual and bilingual, grow and learn about their language(s).

Our team consists of Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein and a group of dedicated students and research assistants. On our website you can meet the research team, learn about our research projects, download our publications, and find out how to participate in our studies or join our team. 

Meet the Team

Meet the team

 

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DIRECTOR

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Dr. Krista Byers-Heinlein is an associate professor in the psychology department at Concordia University, and is the director of the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory.  Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, she completed her undergraduate work at McGill University in 2003, before completing MA and PhD degrees at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Byers-Heinlein’s research investigates language acquisition and cognitive development, with a focus on bilingualism in infancy. She has published papers on topics such as language discrimination in newborn infants, and word learning by young bilinguals and trilinguals. Another line of research investigates how parental input influences bilingual development.  Her research approach is multi-pronged, integrating techniques such as eye tracking, neuroimaging, high amplitude sucking, habituation, preferential looking, and parental report. Her work has two overarching aims: 1) To use data from bilingual infants to inform and extend theories of language acquisition, and 2) To provide empirical data that can inform the decisions of parents wishing to raise bilingual children.

(Languages: English & French)

Click here to download her CV (last updated August 2017)


RESEARCH COORDINATOR

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Melanie Brouillard completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Concordia University. She grew up in a bilingual home where she learned English and French simultaneously; she now considers both languages her mother tongues. Melanie is proud to have been at the Concordia Infant Research Lab since 2013; she truly loves her work here! Melanie plans on using the many skills honed during her time in the lab to pursue her studies in the health sciences.

(Languages: English & French)


graduate students

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Elizabeth Morin-Lessard is a Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology at Concordia University. She has joined the Infant Research Lab in the Fall of 2013, and hopes to pursue a research career in language acquisition. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies in Montreal, Elizabeth completed her B.A. Honours in Psychology at Bishop’s University (Québec) in 2011. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she completed her M.A. in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa (Ontario) in 2013, where she also worked as the Lab Manager at the Centre for Child Language Research. Elizabeth’s current research interests are centered on examining how young children comprehend and use language predictively. In particular, she is interested in the informational aspect of speech disfluencies for young monolingual and bilingual children.

(Languages: English, French, Spanish)

Click to access Elizabeth's academic website

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Esther Schott is a Ph.D. student in Psychology at Concordia University. Esther is particularly interested in how bilingual and monolingual infants learn to recognize words in the face of variability inherent in speech. For example, “apple” sounds different when it is pronounced by different speakers and with different accents, yet adults have little problem recognizing words across speakers and accents. How do infants achieve this? Specifically, do infants use the context (both immediate and their lifelong experience) to guide their word recognition? In a second line of research, Esther is studying whether infants are able to detect a language switch across single words, and whether infants can associate a language with a speaker. Esther’s master thesis (at McGill University) investigated which pairs of languages are hard or easy to discriminate.

(Languages: English, French, German)

Sadaf Pour Iliaei is an MA student in Psychology at Concordia University. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, she obtained her MSc in cognitive psychology from the Institute for Cognitive Science Studies. Sadaf was intrigued by the true sense of bilingualism she experienced in Montreal, and felt a strong desire to delve into this field of research. Her background in cognitive development and later interest in bilingualism made her even more passionate about cognitive development of bilinguals. In her ongoing research, she investigates potential benefits of bilingualism, including positive effects of early bilingual exposure on infant inhibitory control.

(Languages: English, French, Persian)

 

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Ana Maria Gonzalez is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab.

(Languages: English, Spanish, & French)


RESEARCH ASSISTANTs

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Daphnée Dubé  is a Concordia student completing a BA in Honours Linguistics with a Major in Psychology. Her experience working with children in various settings led to her interest in conducting research with them. Daphnée is currently conducting a study comparing which kinds of books help children, both bilinguals and second language learners, learn new words in two languages. She plans to continue her studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

(Languages: English, French, American Sign Language)

Maria Tamayo completed a B.A. double degree in Honours Spanish and Major Psychology. She always felt great curiosity for language acquisition and bilingualism, and became even more passionate about the topic after taking classes on linguistics and psychology of language in both of her programs. Before joining Dr. Byers-Heinlein’s lab, Maria gained experience conducting research with bilingual adults, and now she is eager to extend her knowledge about second language acquisition to early language development in infants and children. Her previous volunteer experiences include providing care for malnourished children, teaching Spanish as a second language, and working with adults with Aphasia. Maria's long-term goal is to become a Speech-Language therapist, and she is confident that volunteering at the Infant Research Lab will provide her with valuable skills and knowledge for her future career.

(Languages: English, French, Spanish)

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Meghan Mastroberardino is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology. She hopes to pursue graduate school to obtain a Masters degree in either Child Psychology or Industrial/Organizational Psychology, keeping her doors open for both.  She also volunteers at the Montreal children’s Hospital in hopes of learning more about research and child development. She is very interested in how children acquire languages at different rates and how the environment plays an important role. By working in Dr. Byers-Heinlein’s lab, she hopes to gain more experience in research and in children’s cognitive developments.

(Languages: English & French)

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Nicholas Salama-Siroishka is an undergraduate student at Concordia University who is pursuing a BA in Honours Psychology. Over the years he’s gained ample experience working with children of all ages as an aquatic and lifesaving instructor, and as a coach for children with special needs. Nicholas has numerous passions (notably human behaviour and playing music) and hopes to one day apply his skills and passions in a field that will benefit the well-being of others. Nicholas joined Krista's team at Concordia's Infant Psychology Lab to gain experience in research, as well as further his understanding of human behaviour and cognitive development.

(Languages: English & French)

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Alexandra Laoun-Rubenstein’s interest in language acquisition stems from being raised in a bilingual environment. Over time, this sense of curiosity developed with each journey abroad as she learned about the unitive power of language. With the arrival of her bilingual niece, she began to notice the complexity of speech patterns, in particular among multilingual children. She believes the Infant Research Lab is providing her with the resources to further understand the cognitive mechanisms that are in effect during language acquisition. She is currently a BA student at Concordia University and plans to pursue a Master's and eventually a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

(Languages: English & French)


volunteers

 

Carine Azerad is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing a BA in Specialization Psychology. Her interest in working with children comes from her experiences volunteering with disadvantaged children in her gap year, as well as working at a daycare in previous summers. Her interest in acquiring research experience combined with her interest in working with children in the future led her to finding the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory, and she is excited to be part of the team. Her future plans upon completing her Bachelors is to obtain a Masters in Counselling, where she hopes to work with children and adolescents.

(Languages spoken: English, French & Hebrew)

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Julia Alves is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her BA in Honours Psychology. She was raised in a trilingual environment, speaking both English and Portuguese at home, and French at school; thus, her interest in the research being conducted in the Infant Research Lab stems from her own personal experiences of growing up in a multilingual environment. After the completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree, Julia hopes to go on to Graduate School and pursue her interests in Developmental Psychology. She believes that working in this lab will help her acquire the necessary research skills and knowledge for her future studies.

(Languages: English, French, & Portuguese)

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Nathalie Germain is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her BA in Honours Psychology. Her previous experience working with children includes  facilitating a community art studio in collaboration with Concordia's own Art Hives program. Having worked as a tutor for primary school students, she is interested in how children learn and how to make learning fun and interactive. With a background in the visual arts and psychology, she is especially interested in exploring how children respond to and recognize visual stimuli. She is excited to have been welcomed to the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory, where she aims to gather experience and contribute to the lab's research. She plans on attending graduate school after earning her Bachelors, aiming to pursue a Masters degree in Art Therapy or Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

(Languages: English and French)

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Ciara Di Giovanni is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University, completing her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience. She has always been interested in working with children. Growing up in a trilingual environment sparked her interest in language acquisition, particularly among early childhood development. As a member of this lab, she hopes to gain research experience and further understand the cognitive development of children. She is very excited to be a part of this lab and hopes the knowledge gained from this experience will help her pursue further studies involving childhood development.

(Languages: English & French)

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Stephanie Côté is a Concordia Psychology undergraduate student and a daycare educator to 3-4 year olds. She grew up in a bilingual home and now instructs her class in both French and English. She is curious about how to teach these two languages most efficiently, which brings her to the Infant Research Lab. The seemingly effortlessness of her pupils in learning a second language fascinates her. She wishes to continue in a field that combines psychology with her love for working with young children.

(Languages: French & English)

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Nafisa Husein is a third year undergraduate student at Concordia University who is completing a BSc in Behavioral Neurosciences. Through coaching swimming classes, tutoring math, and volunteering at the Montreal Children's Hospital, Nafisa always has been fascinated with early childhood mental development. As she wishes to pursue her studies in the health sciences field – focusing on work with children – she strongly believes that gaining more research experience will help her achieve that goal. She is interested in becoming either a pediatrician or working for the United Nation as a children public health equality advocate.


(Languages: English & French)

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Alexa Fogel is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing a BA in Honours Psychology. Her interest in working with children stems from her many years of experience working at a children’s day camp as a camp counselor. She is interested in learning more about the research process and furthering her knowledge of child psychology and cognitive development, which is what led her to the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory. In the future, she plans on continuing to pursue a Masters Degree and eventually a Ph.D. in the field of psychology.


(Languages: English & French)


 
 

ALUMNI

 
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Amel Jardak Master's student, 2015-2017

Amel Jardak

Master's student, 2015-2017

Sonia Giulione Research assistant, 2016-2017

Sonia Giulione

Research assistant, 2016-2017

Alisha Colantuono Volunteer, 2016

Alisha Colantuono

Volunteer, 2016

 
Stephanie Iacuessa Research assistant, 2015-2016

Stephanie Iacuessa

Research assistant, 2015-2016

Erika Pettorelli Recruitment coordinator, 2016

Erika Pettorelli

Recruitment coordinator, 2016

Michela Martiniello Research assistant, Honours, 2013-2016 2016- Qualifying Year Social Work, McGill

Michela Martiniello

Research assistant, Honours, 2013-2016

2016- Qualifying Year Social Work, McGill

Kay Goly Specialization student, 2014-2016

Kay Goly

Specialization student, 2014-2016

 
Alexandria Pistilli Volunteer, 2015-2016

Alexandria Pistilli

Volunteer, 2015-2016

Madeleine Borgeat Honours & NSERC, 2014-2015 2016- BA Student in Speech Pathology, Université de Montréal

Madeleine Borgeat

Honours & NSERC, 2014-2015

2016- BA Student in Speech Pathology, Université de Montréal

Cleo Donnelly Honours, 2014-15 2016- M.Sc.(A) in Speech-Language Pathology

Cleo Donnelly

Honours, 2014-15

2016- M.Sc.(A) in Speech-Language Pathology

Michelle Dolla Volunteer, 2014-15 2016- Research Assistant at the Institut Universitaire de Geriatrie de Montréal

Michelle Dolla

Volunteer, 2014-15

2016- Research Assistant at the Institut Universitaire de Geriatrie de Montréal

 
Emmett Anderson Volunteer, 2014-15 2016- International Tutor at The Education University of Hong Kong

Emmett Anderson

Volunteer, 2014-15

2016- International Tutor at The Education University of Hong Kong

Kenza Iraki Research Assistant, 2014 2016- Mobile Application Engineer at Samsao

Kenza Iraki

Research Assistant, 2014

2016- Mobile Application Engineer at Samsao

Virginia Tsekova Volunteer, 2014-15 2016- Research coordinator at Concordia University

Virginia Tsekova

Volunteer, 2014-15

2016- Research coordinator at Concordia University

Nadia Laccitiello Honours, 2013-15

Nadia Laccitiello

Honours, 2013-15

 
Alexandra Maduro Volunteer, 2014

Alexandra Maduro

Volunteer, 2014

Chelsea da Estrela Research Coordinator, 2012-14 2016- PhD student in Clinical Psychology, Concordia University

Chelsea da Estrela

Research Coordinator, 2012-14

2016- PhD student in Clinical Psychology, Concordia University

Tiago Muzzi-Magalhaes Volunteer, 2013-14

Tiago Muzzi-Magalhaes

Volunteer, 2013-14

Saidah Adisa Volunteer, 2013-2014

Saidah Adisa

Volunteer, 2013-2014

 
Katherine Poirier Honours, 2013-14

Katherine Poirier

Honours, 2013-14

Daria Karbainova Volunteer, 2013 2016- MSc by Research Clinical Psychology program, University of Edinburgh

Daria Karbainova

Volunteer, 2013

2016- MSc by Research Clinical Psychology program, University of Edinburgh

Bianca Garcia Volunteer, 2012-13

Bianca Garcia

Volunteer, 2012-13

Alexandra Polonia Research Coordinator, 2011-13 2016- Social Worker, Lakeshore General Hospital

Alexandra Polonia

Research Coordinator, 2011-13

2016- Social Worker, Lakeshore General Hospital

 
Catherine Hudon Volunteer, 2012-13

Catherine Hudon

Volunteer, 2012-13

Dr. André L. Souza Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-13 2016- User Experience Researcher at Google

Dr. André L. Souza

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-13

2016- User Experience Researcher at Google

Maya Rossi Volunteer, 2012-13

Maya Rossi

Volunteer, 2012-13

Karina Tamburrino Volunteer, 2012-13

Karina Tamburrino

Volunteer, 2012-13

 
Laura Emily Evans Volunteer, 2013 2016- M.Sc.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, McGill

Laura Emily Evans

Volunteer, 2013

2016- M.Sc.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, McGill

Leah Modlin Volunteer, 2012-13

Leah Modlin

Volunteer, 2012-13

Luana Zappitelli Volunteer, 2013

Luana Zappitelli

Volunteer, 2013

Valérie Sirois-Delisle Research Assistant, 2012-13 2016- Elementary school teacher

Valérie Sirois-Delisle

Research Assistant, 2012-13

2016- Elementary school teacher

 
Arashdeep Rao Project Student, 2012-13 2016- Master of Audiology Studies, University of Queensland (Australia)

Arashdeep Rao

Project Student, 2012-13

2016- Master of Audiology Studies, University of Queensland (Australia)

Jessica Londei-Shortall Honours, 2012-13 2016- Ph.D student in Organisational Psychology at Université de Montréal

Jessica Londei-Shortall

Honours, 2012-13

2016- Ph.D student in Organisational Psychology at Université de Montréal

Arielle Ben-Zaken Volunteer, 2012-2013 2016- Masters at McGill in social work.

Arielle Ben-Zaken

Volunteer, 2012-2013

2016- Masters at McGill in social work.

Sarah Lantagne Volunteer, 2013 2016- Research Coordinator at Concordia

Sarah Lantagne

Volunteer, 2013

2016- Research Coordinator at Concordia

 
Jessica Bergevin Volunteer, 2013

Jessica Bergevin

Volunteer, 2013

Alexandra Boxer Volunteer, 2012

Alexandra Boxer

Volunteer, 2012

Veronica Kost Volunteer, 2012 2016- Student- Master's Social Work at McGill

Veronica Kost

Volunteer, 2012

2016- Student- Master's Social Work at McGill

Marie-Lisa Porten Volunteer, 2011-12

Marie-Lisa Porten

Volunteer, 2011-12

 
Stacy Pollack Volunteer, 2012

Stacy Pollack

Volunteer, 2012

Poppy Wilkinson Honours, 2011-12 2016- Doctoral student in Psychology (Clinical stream), Concordia University

Poppy Wilkinson

Honours, 2011-12

2016- Doctoral student in Psychology (Clinical stream), Concordia University

Stefan Faina Project Student, 2011-12

Stefan Faina

Project Student, 2011-12

Andrea Quintero Volunteer, 2011-12

Andrea Quintero

Volunteer, 2011-12

 
Brian Florez Volunteer, 2011-12

Brian Florez

Volunteer, 2011-12

Liane Rebner Honours, 2011-12

Liane Rebner

Honours, 2011-12

Philippe Warlop Research Assistant, 2011-12

Philippe Warlop

Research Assistant, 2011-12

Roxanna Ibrahim Volunteer,  2011 2016- Full-time speech language pathologist at Commission Scolaire Marguerite Bourgeoys

Roxanna Ibrahim

Volunteer,  2011

2016- Full-time speech language pathologist at Commission Scolaire Marguerite Bourgeoys