Dr. Soderstrom has been doing research and teaching in infant speech
perception and early grammatical development for more than ten years. She
came to the University of Manitoba in 2008 from a research position at
Brown University. She teaches Child Development, as well as upper level
courses on development, language acquisition, and related topics.
John joined the lab in the fall of 2017 shortly after completing his PhD
in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Merced. His
undergraduate studies were in psychology at California State University,
Dominguez Hills. He is broadly interested in language development,
especially how infants learn the meanings of words. Currently, he is
working on several projects exploring children's natural language
environments, and is a major contributor to the ACLEW project.
Karmen is a PhD student in our clinical psychology program. Her dissertation work examines the language environment of infants born to young mothers.
Mercedes Casar (Lab Coordinator)
Mercedes joined the lab in 2016 as a volunteer and then as the
perceptual studies coordinator. She has completed her undergraduate thesis
and this spring she graduated with a B. A. Honours in Psychology. She will
begin her graduate training in September 2018.
Kelsey is working on her B.A. in Linguistics. She is currently doing an Undergraduate Research Award in the lab examining infants' preferences for infant-directed speech (the ManyBabies project). Upon completion of her bachelors degree she will be going on to graduate school for speech-language pathology.
Brenna joined the lab in September 2015 and completed her Masters with
the Baby Language Lab in 2017 with her work on infant speech perception in
preterm infants. She is now completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology here at
U of M.
Laurisa joined the lab in spring of 2015 as a volunteer, and was our
Perceptual Studies Lab Coordinator until Fall 2017. She graduated fall 2017
with an advanced degree in Linguistics and a minor in Psychology. She will
be applying for a Masters program in Communication Sciences Disorders for
Speech-Language Pathology this fall.
Jacquelyn worked as a research assistant in our lab starting in May
2014, and was joint lab coordinator 2015-2016. She conducted her honours
project in our lab, examining the perception of vowels in bilingual
infants. She is currently in the School Psychology Masters program in our
Alex was joint lab coordinator 2015-2016. She conducted her
honours project in our lab, examining the language environment of
infants born to adolescent mothers.She is currently in the School
Psychology Masters program in our department.
Robin was our perceptual studies coordinator in 2014-2015. She recently
graduated from the Communicative Disorders Assistance program at Lambton
College in Sarnia, ON, and will be starting a job as an Audiology Assistant
at Boundary Trails Health Centre in August 2016.
Elizabeth was the Daycare Study Coordinator at the lab from Spring 2014
to Summer 2015. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in
Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia.
Jona completed her Honours degree and worked as a research assistant in
the lab from 2014-2015. Her research looked at the similarities between
parents and daycare teachers on perceptions of children's vocabulary
development. She is now pursuing an MA in School and Clinical Child
Psychology at the University of Alberta.
Dana completed her Masters in the lab in 2013. She is currently in a PhD
program at the University of Waterloo, working with Dr. Katherine
White. She is continuing to collaborate on studies in the lab.
Lindsay was with the lab for several years as perceptual studies
coordinator. She left to pursue a graduate program in social work at the
University of North Dakota.
Janani worked as perceptual studies coordinator in 2013-2014. She left
to pursue a graduate program in social work at the University of North
Jamie MacDonald completed her honours thesis in the lab and was the
daycare study coordinator in 2013-2014.
Melissa graduated from the University of Lethbridge with an honours
degree in psychology. She completed her Masters with the lab in the summer
of 2013. She was recently accepted to a counselling program at Athabasca
Melissa Wong graduated from UBC with a BA in psychology and joined the
lab as a graduate student in the Fall of 2009. She successfully defended
her Master's thesis on syntactic dependencies in August 2011.
Maddy served as the daycare study coordinator from the spring of 2012
until the summer of 2013. She is now a graduate student at the University of
Anne Marie Heard
Anne worked in the lab on our studies looking at infants' grammatical
knowledge with summer internships from MICH and NSERC. She is currently
pursuing a graduate degree at McGill University.
Michelle worked in the lab on our study examining infants' perception of
the Vowel Length Effect, on a summer internship from the departmental PURE
award. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Toronto.
Joanna completed her honours degree in 2011 with a project on syntactic
dependencies. She then entered the graduate clinical psychology program
here at UofM.
Kelsey's honours project in 2011 resulted in a publication with the
lab. She was later accepted to the counselling psychology program at McGill
Dr. Cristia received her PhD from Purdue University and worked at the
Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen before joining the French National Center
for Scientific Research. She is interested in how infants growing up in
different places learn from their caregivers' speech.
Dr. Seidl is an Associate Professor in the Speech, Language, and Hearing
Sciences department at Purdue University. She studies individual variability
in infant measures and their predictive value in diagnosing language
disorders and delays and how interaction within the caregiver-child dyad may
aid in language learning.
Dr. Eon-Suk Ko is a linguist specializing in phonology, phonetics, child
language acquisition and corpus linguistics. Her recent research in
language acquisition includes the perception and production of
language-specific phonotatic patterns and the developmental aspects of
prosody in mother-child speech. Dr. Ko is at Seoul National University.
Dr. James Morgan is a reknowned researcher in infant speech
perception. He is especially well known for his early work in formal
models of acquisition, and later work in many topics in infant speech
perception, including phonological bootstrapping, phoneme perception,
statistical learning, and perception of infant-directed speech. He was
Dr. Soderstrom's mentor during her postdoctoral years at Brown
Dr. Katherine White completed her BA in Psychology and French from
Cornell University before completing her PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown
University. Her research includes Infant speech perception, phonological
development, lexical representation and spoken word recognition.
Dr. White is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo.