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

Ashley Blayney-Hoffer

Ashley Blayney-HofferAshley is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology. 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 child development and pursue a career in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

Honours Thesis Students

Bronte Smith 

Bronte SmithBronte Smith is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology at University of Waterloo. After Graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology.


NSERC Students

Madeline Crichton

Madeline recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Honours Psychology. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in school psychology in the future.

Annika Voss

​Annika is in her fourth year of Honours Psychology (BA), with a minor in French studies at the University of Waterloo. She plans to pursue graduate studies in the field of psychology, and would love to continue working with children. You can also find her on campus volunteering with the Faculty of Arts giving tours, meeting with prospective students, or assisting at the Open House events.

Kasondra Woodland

Kasondra WoodlandKasondra recently completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in Developmental Psychology or Couple and Family Therapy.

Research Assistants

Riley Brennan

Riley is going into 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.

Heather Bunnett-Jones

Heather Bunnett-JonesHeather completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Joint Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies with a specialization in Individual Well-Being and Development at the University of Waterloo. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Counselling Psychology or Developmental Psychology. 

Chloe Whitham

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.

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.  


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


Amanda Pereira (Research Assistant)

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)

Catherine Rocha (Research Assistant)

Drew Weatherhead (PhD Student)

Elaina Bentz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Emily McIntosh (Research Coordinator)

Erik Johnson (Honours Student)

Erin Kim (Lab Coordinator)

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)

Kristen Thompson (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)

Tim Woerle (Honours Student)

Vibhuti Jethava (Honours Student)

Yasaman Keshavarz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Zack Miller (Honours Student)