Lab Director

Katherine White

KatherineKatherine White, PhD joined the Psychology Department at the University of Waterloo in 2010, after completing her PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA) and postdoctoral research in the department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York, USA). She studies the earliest stages of language development in infants and toddlers.

Graduate Students

Dana Bernier

Dana Bernier

Dana completed her Bachelor of Science (Bsc) Honours in Psychology and MA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Her MA project examined infants' ability to hear speech directed at them in a noisy, multi-speaker environments.

Currently, she is in the PhD program investigating toddlers' and adults' ability to understand children's speech.

Her other interests include the development of vowels in bilingually exposed infants, and examining noise levels across child care environments using LENA.


Ashley Avarino

Ashley AvarinoAshley completed her Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc) at McMaster University in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. She is currently completing her Masters of Applied Science at Waterloo. She is interested in how audio-visual speech impacts speech perception and learning in infants.

Lab Coordinator

Annika Voss

AnnikaAnnika graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and a minor in French. She completed her honours thesis in our partnered lab, the Developmental Learning Lab, where she looked at how infants' can integrate what they know about the physical properties of objects with their understanding of probability. She is working as the lab coordinator while she applies to graduate studies in developmental psychology.


Honours Thesis Students

Phoebe Liang

Phoebe LiangPhoebe is in her fourth year of Honours Psychology (BA). In the future she hopes to pursue graduate studies in Developmental Psychology.

Celine Chui

CelineCeline is in her final year of Honours Arts in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies. She is currently working on her thesis project looking at context effects on how adults perceive sounds.

Jingeli Ren

JingleiJinglei is in her fourth year of Honours Psychology Science and a minor in Biology. She loves researching language and cognitive abilities. Her dream is to become a full-time researcher. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in Developmental Psychology or Cognitive Science.

Nicole Ho

NicoleNicole is in her final year of a BSc in Honours Psychology with a minor in Biology. She is currently working on her honours thesis, investigating how children use speech disfluencies during word processing. In the future, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.


Research Assistants

Rebecca Joy Dunk

RebeccaRebecca is completing her third year of a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology with a Research Intensive Specialization. She has a history teaching ESL with children, which inspires her interest in language acquisition in infants. Assisting the LIDL research team is an essential part of her growth as an undergraduate student. She hopes to pursue graduate school in the stream of developmental psychology and eventually conduct research full-time.


Riley Brennan

Riley BrennanRiley is currently in her final year of her undergraduate program. She is in Honours Psychology, and plans to pursue Speech-Language Pathology when she is finished her degree.

Chloe Whitham

Chloe WhithamChloe is in her final year of her Health Sciences degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is very interested in the research process especially with language learning in children.  In the future she hopes to pursue a career in nursing, with a focus in research. 

Amy (Xuewei) Liang

Amy LiangAmy is in her fourth year of her Psychology degree with a minor in Human Resource Management. Amy is particularly interested in bilingualism in language development and hopes to pursue a career in Developmental Psychology or Human Resource Management.  

Rachel Yee

Rachel YeeRachel is in her second-year psychology major with a minor in applied language studies and sexuality, marriage, and family studies. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in the future.

Rachel Braun

Rachel B.Rachel completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, followed by a graduate certificate in the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College. She plans to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology in the future.

Collaborators (current and recent)

Richard Aslin 

Melissa Michaud Baese-Berk

Kyle Chambers

Naomi Feldman

Celeste Kidd

James Morgan

Emily Myers

Mohinish Shukla

Melanie Soderstrom

Eiling Yee


AJ Orena (Undergraduate Research Assistant/Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Alex Rett (NSERC USRA Student/MASc Student)

Amy Xu (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Anielle Lim (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Anita Abeyesekera (MASc student)

Anum Syeda  (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Ashley Blayney-Hoffer (Lab Coordinator/Research Assitant/Community Testing Coordinator)

Austin Penner (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Ayah Taji (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Bronte Smith (Honours Student)

Carry Derome (Honours Student)

Catherine Rocha (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Drew Weatherhead (PhD Student)

Elaina Bentz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Emily McIntosh (Lab Coordinator)

Erik Johnson (Honours Student)

Erin Kim (Lab Coordinator)

Giulia Vintila (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Gloria Ip (Undergraduate Research Assistant/Honours Student)

Heather Bunnett-Jones (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Janey Tso (Honours Student)

Jennifer Smith (Lab Manager/NSERC USRA Student)

Joel Le Forestier (Lab Coordinator)

Justin Leung (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Kristen Thompson (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Kas Woodland (NSERC USRA Student/Research Assistant)

Katelyn Rowe (Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Katelyn Burden (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Kavita Schaffer  (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Laura Brooks (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Laura Rance (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Madeline Crichton (NSERC USRA student)

Mary Krupicz (Honours Student)

Melissa Nikkel (Lab Coordinator)

Nasim Ahmadpour (Undergraduate Research Assistant/MASc student)

Olivia Daub (Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Peiyao Zhang (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Rachel Thorburn (Independent Study, Research Assistant)

Ragini Suresh (MASc Student/Lab Coordinator/Research Assistant)

Richard Holmes (Honours Student)

Robin Rosentrer (MASc student)

Sarah Doyle (Lab Coordinator)

Shanan Floto (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Shaneene Heupel (Independent Study, Research Assistant)

Shaquille Sealy (Lab Coordinator)

Shirley He (NSERC USRA Student/Honours Student)

Sophie Yung (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Taylor Columbus (Honours Student)

Taylor Riemersma (Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Tim Woerle (Honours Student)

Vibhuti Jethava (Honours Student)

Yasaman Keshavarz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Zack Miller (Honours Student/Undergraduate Research Assistant)