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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.

(Spoken languages: English & French)

Click here to download her CV


RESEARCH COORDINATOR

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Melanie Brouillard has 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 these skills to pursue her studies in the health sciences.

(Spoken languages: English & French)


RESEARCH ASSISTANTs

 
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Daphnée Dubé is an undergraduate student at Concordia University completing a BA in Honours Psychology with a minor in Linguistics. Having lived in a home daycare her whole life, her interest in working with children began at an early age. Daphnée has volunteered in an elementary after school program and in a classroom for children with hearing impairments. Given that she aims to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology, language is of great interest to her, which is why she wanted to be a part of this team. She believes the Infant Research Lab will provide her with insightful knowledge and experiences.

(Spoken languages: English & French)

 

 

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Erika is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her BA in Specialization Psychology. Her future plans upon completing her Bachelor of Arts degree is to obtain a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She would like to begin counselling children and eventually, stemming into family and marital therapy.  At a young age, she has been volunteering weekly, teaching Faith First classes to young children.  The experience she has gained working with children has given her the aspiration to pursue psychology and hoping to provide help to children in need.

(Spoken languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish)

Sonia Giulione is an undergraduate completing a BA in Specialization Psychology. In the summers, she volunteers in helping children with physical and mental disabilities. This lead to her interest in language development and in a career that involves helping children with developmental or speech problems. This, in turn, led her to the Infant Research Lab where she hopes to acquire experience in the field.

 

(Spoken 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.

(Spoken languages: English, French & Spanish)

Click to access Elizabeth's academic website

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Amel Jardak obtained a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Tunis before deciding to pursue a research career in language acquisition. Coming from a trilingual family, the pros and cons of growing up speaking different languages is a theme she holds at heart. She joined the Infant Research Lab in the Fall of 2015 and is completing an M.A in Psychology at Concordia University. 

(Spoken languages: English, French & Arabic)

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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.

(Spoken Languages: English, French & German)

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volunteers

 
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Stephanie Iacuessa is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her BA in Cell and Molecular Biology. After graduation, she plans on obtaining her medical degree and specializing in the field of Pediatrics. Stephanie has worked with children in many different environments, including as a swimming instructor and daycare educator. She looks forward to bringing her experience to the lab as well as to furthering her knowledge of children and linguistics.

(Spoken languages: English, French & Italian)

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Alisha Colantuono obtained her undergraduate degree in Anatomy at McGill University. She is currently enrolled at Concordia to complete the necessary prerequisite courses in order to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. Having volunteered at the Montreal Children’s Hospital for many years, Alisha decided that she wanted to explore the world of research. She believes that the Infant Research lab will feed her with useful knowledge for her future career.

(Spoken languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish)

Maria Tamayo

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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.

(Spoken Languages: English & French)

 

Past lab parties

 
 
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, Concordia University

Virginia Tsekova

Volunteer, 2014-15

2016- Research coordinator, 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