Our people

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.

Emily Shiu

Emily ShiuEmily Shiu completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with a Japanese Certificate I from the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is in the Masters of Applied Science program. Her research interests include adult studies in bilingual language development - particularly in Cantonese-English bilinguals.  

Alex Rett

Photo of Alex RettAlex completed her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is in the Masters of Applied Science program and is interested in how preschool-aged children process accented speech. Alex is also interested in how children learn from others. 

Lab Coordinator

Erin Kim

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Erin has recently completed her second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology, Co-op. She is the Lab Coordinator for both the Lab for Infant Development and Language and the Developmental Learning Lab. She hopes to continue working with children and pursue a career in mental health research in the future. 

 

Honours Thesis Student

Tim Woerle

Tim Woerle

Tim Woerle is in his fourth year of Honours Psychology at the University of Waterloo. After graduation he plans to pursue graduate studies in the field of language development.

Research Assistants

Catherine Rocha

Catherine Rocha
Catherine Rocha is in her fourth year of her Psychology degree with a minor in French. Catherine hopes to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology or Developmental Psychology. 
 
 
 
 

Kristen Thompson​

Photo of KristenKristen is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, Co-op with a minor in Psychology and a French Certificate. She hopes to pursue a career in a Speech-Language Pathology.

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Amanda Pereira

Photo of Amanda PereiraAmanda is a third year student in the Health Studies program with a research specialization. She is interested in health policy and public health.

Chloe Whitham

Photo of Chloe WhithamChloe is in her fourth year of her Health Sciences Degree at Wilfrid LAurier University. She is minoring in both chemistry and psychology. She hopes to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology or Physical Therapy.

 

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

Alumni

AJ Orena (Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Alex Rett (Lab Manager/NSERC USRA Student)

Amy Xu (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Anielle Lim (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Anita Abeyesekera (MASc student)

Anum Syeda  (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Austin Penner (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Ayah Taji (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Carry Derome (Honours Student)

Drew Weatherhead (PhD Student)

Elaina Bentz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Emily McIntosh (Research Coordinator)

Erik Johnson (Honours Student)

Giulia Vintila (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Gloria Ip (Honours Student)

Jennifer Smith (Lab Manager/NSERC USRA Student)

Joel Le Forestier (Research Coordinator)

Justin Leung (Undergraduate 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)

Mary Krupicz (Honours Student)

Melissa Nikkel (Research Coordinator)

Nasim Ahmadpour (MASc student)

Olivia Daub (Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Peiyao Zhang (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Ragini Suresh (MASc student/Research coordinator)

Richard Holmes (Honours Student)

Robin Rosentrer (MASc student)

Shanan Floto (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Shaquille Sealy (Research Coordinator)

Shirley He (Lab Manager/NSERC USRA Student)

Sophie Yung (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Taylor Columbus (Honours Student)

Taylor Riemersma (Honours Student/NSERC USRA Student)

Vibhuti Jethava (Honours Student)

Yasaman Keshavarz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Zack Miller (Honours Student)

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