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.

Drew Weatherhead

DrewDrew received her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Honours Computing (with specialization in Cognitive Science) from Queen's University. She is currently in the PhD program in Developmental Psychology. Her primary research interest is audiovisual speech perception in both infants and adults.

Research 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 graduate studies in clinical research in the future. 


NSERC USRA Student/Lab Manager

Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer recently completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Honours Psychology, Co-op with a minor in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

Honours students

Tim Woerle

Tim Woerle

Tim Woerle is in his third 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

Shirley He

Shirley HeShirley He is in her final year of Joint Honours Science and Psychology (BSc). Her interests include language development, clinical psychology, counseling, and cross-cultural psychology. She plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology and counseling after completing her undergraduate degree.

Catherine Rocha

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

Emily Shiu

Emily ShiuEmily Shiu completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with a Japanese Certificate I from the University of Waterloo. She is a research assistant in the adult language studies. Her research interests include bilingual language development - particularly in Cantonese-English bilinguals - and her goal is to pursue graduate studies in language development.  

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


Shaquille Sealy (Research Coordinator)

Anita Abeyesekera (MASc student)

Katelyn Burden (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Taylor Columbus (Honours Student)

Vibhuti Jethava (Honours Student)

Mary Krupicz (Honours Student)

Anielle Lim (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Zack Miller (Honours Student)

AJ Orena (Honours Student)

Laura Rance (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Melissa Nikkel (Research Coordinator)

Gloria Ip (Honours Student)

Ragini Suresh (MASc student)

Olivia Daub (Honours Student)

Yasaman Keshavarz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Nasim Ahmadpour (MASc student)

Austin Penner (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Erik Johnson (Honours Student)

Kavita Schaffer  (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Anum Syeda  (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Emily McIntosh (Research Coordinator)

Elaina Bentz (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Peiyao Zhang (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Sophie Yung (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Taylor Riemersma (Honours Student)

Richard Holmes (Honours Student)

Ayah Taji (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

Joel Le Forestier (Lab Coordinator)
Robin Rosentrer (MASc student)
Katelyn Rowe (Honours Student)
Alex Rett (Lab Manager/NSERC USRA Student)
Shanan Floto (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Carry Derome (Honours Student)
Laura Brooks (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Giulia Vintila (Undergraduate Research Assistant)

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