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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 September 2019)


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWs

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Ana Maria Gonzalez is a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at Concordia University. She joined the Infant Research Lab in Fall 2017. Ana Maria is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She also completed a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at McGill University and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialization in Language Acquisition at McGill University. Ana Maria’s research interests focus on language acquisition in bilinguals and multilinguals and on the effects of bilingualism on language and cognition in typically-developing children as well as in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Languages (English, French, Spanish)

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Rachel Ka-Ying Tsui joined the Infant Research Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2019. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences specializing in infant speech perception. Rachel’s PhD thesis focused on the development of lexical tone perception in tone-learning infants. She is interested in studying features that account for difficulties in early language acquisition. As a multilingual, she is also interested in studying how differences in bilingual experiences (in terms of language environment) influence early language development.

(Languages: Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Japanese)


graduate students

 
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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)

Click to access Esther's academic website

Lena Kremin is a PhD student in psychology at Concordia University. Lena is interested in studying how bilingual infants tell apart the languages they hear, and learn two separate languages, instead of combining them into one. She is also looking at the speech patterns of parents and how they switch between French and English when speaking to their child. Lena joined the lab in 2018 after completing her Master’s degree in linguistics at Utrecht University.

(Languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian)

Click to access Lena’s academic website

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Melanie Brouillard is an MA student in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University, starting this September. Having grown up in Montreal learning English and French simultaneously, she identified herself as a bilingual from a young age and has been fascinated with the phenomenon ever since. Her research interests include shared book reading and word learning in young bilinguals, and parental attitudes and beliefs about bilingualism and their influence on bilingual development.

(Languages: English & French)

Click to access Melanie’s academic website

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Andrea Sander-Montant is an MA student in psychology at Concordia University, as of September 2019. Originally from Mexico City, Andrea did her undergrad studies in psychology at Universidad Intercontinental and then spent close to five years working in a developmental neuropsychology clinic at two major private hospitals in Mexico City. Her clinical experience in early intervention across multiple diagnoses (especially Autism Spectrum Disorder) gave her a profound appreciation for the necessity of high-quality research, which can translate into better clinical interventions. Currently her research interests are related to the variation in language acquisition across diverse populations, especially bilingual and neurodiverse children.

(Languages: Spanish, English & French)


RESEARCH COORDINATOR

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Hilary Killam has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto, with a Minor in French and a Language Citation in Italian. She always enjoyed learning French at school, and in 2006 decided to spend a year in France in order to immerse herself in the language. With a lot of hard work, she learned to speak French as an adult, which certainly came in handy when she unexpectedly moved to Montréal! Most of Hilary’s work experience has been in a clinical setting, managing therapy intakes for a large psychotherapy clinic in Toronto, and now she is excited to take on a new challenge in supporting academic research.

(Languages: English, French & a little Italian)


RESEARCH Assistants

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Erica Chelini is currently an undergraduate student pursuing her BSc in Honours Psychology with a Minor in Linguistics at Concordia University. She is very passionate about volunteering and has various experience working with elementary school children such as being a teacher's assistant, instructing and organizing an after school activity, and now volunteering with Let's Talk Science Concordia. With a strong interest in language acquisition and cognitive development, Erica had been drawn to the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory upon beginning her studies at the university. She is incredibly grateful to join the team and she is eager to further expand her knowledge and understanding of these topics while helping out as much as she can with the fascinating research studies that are being conducted.

(Languages: English, French, and Italian)


volunteers

 
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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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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)


Elizabeth Di Flumeri is an Honours student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience at Concordia University. She has had ample experience working with children of a wide variety of ages as a camp counsellor, a babysitter and a passionate volunteer at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Her love for children began at a very young age and has continued to progress ever since. Growing up bilingual and later learning two new languages has sparked her interest in understanding the implications in acquiring new vocabulary and its impacts on future quality of speech. In Dr. Byers-Heinlein’s Infant Research lab, she hopes to gain a better grasp of the infant world as well as a more thorough comprehension of how social interactions and environmental conditions can shape behavior. Elizabeth strives to one day apply her knowledge in a medical career focused on caring for others as this is her heartfelt passion.

(Languages: English, French, Italian & Spanish)

Amanda Cabugao is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Specialization Psychology. Her interest in working with children stems from her many years of experience as a swimming instructor for toddlers and children. She joined the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory to gain experience in research and further expand her knowledge on the cognitive development of young children. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science, Amanda hopes to attend graduate school and pursue her interests in childhood development.

 

(Languages: English and French)

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Orly Dayan is an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing a BA in Honours Psychology with a minor in Education. She loves children and wants to be able to make a difference in their lives. She joined the Concordia Infant Research lab to contribute to the research in any way she can and hopes to learn more about the research process throughout her experience. She also does external recruitment for the lab. She plans on pursuing her studies in either Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology. 

(Languages: French, English, Hebrew) 

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Lori Mitchell is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology with a Minor in Linguistics. She has a lot of experience working with children as a monitor in an elementary school, as a birthday party animator, and as a tutor. She hopes to gain experience working with infants in a research setting. Her studies in both Psychology and Linguistics have fuelled her curiosity about topics such as language acquisition, bilingualism, and child development, which drew her to the Concordia Infant Research Laboratory.

(Languages: English and French)

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Quessia Sindayigaya is a student in psychology at Concordia University since September 2018. She is part of the Honours program and is currently completing her bachelor’s degree. Her experience with children started in high school where she became a part-time tutor for grade 7 and 8 students. That experience sparked the beginning of a passion for psychology, teaching, and kids. As she grew up in a bilingual household, her love for languages encouraged her to complete a beginner’s level course in Italian during her college years. In addition to this, she plans to deepen her knowledge of the Japanese language in upcoming years.

(Languages: French and English)

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Meggan Shields is an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology. Her interest in child development stems from interactions with young family members. Growing up bilingual, she became very interested in the differences in language acquisition; especially when comparing monolinguals and bilinguals. She joined the Infant Research Lab to gain research experience and expand her knowledge in cognitive development. She also participates in external recruitment, where she volunteers in community activities to find parents who want to participate with their children. She plans to pursue a Masters in Educational or Counselling Psychology.


(Languages: English and French)

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Tanya Glowacki is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University pursuing her BA in Honours Psychology. Her interest in working with children stems from her years of experience as a nanny for young infants and children, as well as volunteering in a school setting at the Mackay Centre. Growing up bilingual, and in a family that speaks 6 languages, she has always been fascinated with language acquisition in multilingual individuals and was intrigued by the Concordia Infant Research Lab for its specific field of research. After completing her bachelors, she hopes to pursue Child Psychology or Speech-Language Pathology.

 

(Languages: English and French)

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Emily Hunter is an undergraduate student at McGill University pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Behavioural Science and Anthropology. Her passion for working with children stems from growing up with five nieces and nephews and tutoring elementary school children. Growing up bilingual, she has become very interested in how children acquire language and language disorders. In Dr. Byers-Heinlein’s Infant Research lab, she hopes to gain experience working with infants in a research setting and deepening her knowledge of the cognitive development of young children. After completing her bachelor's, she plans to pursue a Masters in Child psychology or Speech-Language Pathology.

(Languages: English & French)


 
 

ALUMNI

Melina Longo   Volunteer, 2018-2019

Melina Longo

Volunteer, 2018-2019

Stephanie Côté   Research Assistant, 2017-2019

Stephanie Côté

Research Assistant, 2017-2019

 
Maria Tamayo   Project student, 2016-2019

Maria Tamayo

Project student, 2016-2019

Meghan Mastroberardino   Honours Student, 2016-2019

Meghan Mastroberardino

Honours Student, 2016-2019

Nathalie Germain   Honours Student, 2017-2019

Nathalie Germain

Honours Student, 2017-2019

Beatrice Necsa   Research Assistant, 2018-2019

Beatrice Necsa

Research Assistant, 2018-2019

Nicholas Salama-Siroishka   Specialization project student, 2017-2019

Nicholas Salama-Siroishka

Specialization project student, 2017-2019

Ciara Di Giovanni   Volunteer, 2017-2019

Ciara Di Giovanni

Volunteer, 2017-2019

Emily Burdman   Volunteer, 2018-2019

Emily Burdman

Volunteer, 2018-2019

Michelle Lawee   Volunteer, 2018-2019

Michelle Lawee

Volunteer, 2018-2019

 
Elizabeth Morin-Lessard   Doctoral student, 2013-2018  2019- Post-doc, University of Calgary   Click to access Elizabeth's academic website

Elizabeth Morin-Lessard

Doctoral student, 2013-2018

2019- Post-doc, University of Calgary

Click to access Elizabeth's academic website

Alexandra Laoun-Rubenstein   Research assistant, 2016-2018

Alexandra Laoun-Rubenstein

Research assistant, 2016-2018

Daphnée Dubé   Research assistant & honours student, 2015-2018  2018- Speech Language Pathology, McGill

Daphnée Dubé

Research assistant & honours student, 2015-2018

2018- Speech Language Pathology, McGill

Sadaf Pour Iliaei   Master’s student, 2016-2018

Sadaf Pour Iliaei

Master’s student, 2016-2018

 
Carine Azerad   Research assistant, 2016-2018

Carine Azerad

Research assistant, 2016-2018

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  2019- Social Worker

Michela Martiniello

Research assistant, Honours, 2013-2016

2019- Social Worker

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 Gériatrie de Montréal

Michelle Dolla

Volunteer, 2014-15

2016- Research Assistant at the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie 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  2019- Speech Language Pathologist at Vanguard School & Teacher at TAV College

Liane Rebner

Honours, 2011-12

2019- Speech Language Pathologist at Vanguard School & Teacher at TAV College

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