Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble

Assistant professor, received her PhD from Indiana University and held an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Departments of Psychology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include the role of phonological knowledge in speech processing; first-language phonological acquisition; online processing and word recognition in special populations, especially individuals with cochlear implants; and weighted-constraint-based theories of phonology. Ashley uses eye-tracking in the visual world paradigm as a real-time measure of speech processing and word recognition.


Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier

Anne-Michelle is a phonologist specializing in acquisition, constraint-based grammars, learning algorithms, and child L1 and L2 production.  From 2006 to 2016 she was faculty in Linguistics at the University of Alberta; she has also taught at the University of Michigan and the 2013 LSA Summer Institute, and in 2015 published a textbook "Phonological Acquisition: Child Language and Constraint-Based Grammar" (Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently PI of a SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2019) studying childhood L2 English production and perception among young Canadian immigrants. She is also an Associate Editor for the open access journal Glossa.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Claire Moore-Cantwell

Claire is a phonologist specializing in phonological variation, constraint-based models of phonology, learning algorithms, and the interface of phonology and psycholinguistics, especially speech processing and the structure of the lexicon.  She received her PhD from UMass Amherst in 2016, and since then has taught at Yale and UConn.  She is currently working on Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier's SSHRC Insight Grant, studying early L2 acquisition of English.

Graduate Student

Danica Reid

Danica completed her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at SFU in the fall of 2016 and decided to stay at SFU to pursue a Master’s Degree. Over the next two years she will be working in the Phonological Processing Lab to develop her own experiment. She wants to put a specific focus on the ability of second languages speakers of English to adapt and/or learn acoustic cues used in English.


Vasundhara Gautam

Vasundhara is an undergraduate student studying computational linguistics. She is currently enjoying exploring phonology and other areas of linguistics through her degree and her research assistantship at the Phono lab. The confluence of linguistics and computing science in natural language processing fascinates her, and being a language learning enthusiast, she hopes to get to work on Google Translate someday.

Eri Ikezawa

Eri graduated as a Linguistic major with an extended minor in Psychology. While she is taking a gap year to explore and consider multiple academic and occupational avenues, she continues volunteering at the lab due to her continued interest in the linguistic field. 

Kevin Kong

Kevin is an undergraduate student majoring in linguistics and minoring in psychology. His main interests lie in child phonology and language acquisition. Although Kevin enjoys working with people all across the age spectrum, he especially enjoys working with children. To further his passion, Kevin hopes to become a speech-language pathologist with a special focus on the pediatric population.

Rilla MacDonald

Rilla MacDonald is a fourth year undergraduate student who is majoring in linguistics and minoring in psychology. Her main interests lie in children's language acquisition. Rilla is planning on furthering her education to become a speech and language pathologist.

Marissa Woods

Marissa is pursuing an undergraduate degree, Majoring in Linguistics and Minoring in Psychology. Through volunteering in a Speech Therapy Clinic for young children Marissa became interested in the complexity of language, including phonetics and phonology. Language acquisition – particularly of those with developmental disabilities – is also of interest to her. During her time in the lab she is excited to learn more about phonology and the research process. She aspires to continue onto a Masters in Speech Language Pathology post undergraduate degree.