Former LABlab Members

We are proud to have bright young minds participate in research at the LABlab.

If you were a past member of the LABlab, please update us on what you've been up to since we last saw you! We'd love to hear from you - email us at lablab@sfu.ca

Bingqing Yu - MA student, Linguistics

Email: bya32@sfu.ca

Former lab member bio: I am a current MA student in linguistics at SFU. I got my honors BA in Studies of Classical Chinese Texts from Zhejiang University in 2019. My research interest includes interdisciplinary studies in phonetics, psycholinguistics and cognitive science. My hobbies are listening to music, playing board games, playing computer games and cooking Chinese foods.

Noortje de Weers - PhD Student, Linguistics

Former lab member bio: I’m looking at how visual stimuli affect speech perception. I am specifically interested in how incongruent voice/face pairings affect speech processing, and will do this by not only looking at response time, perceived accentedness, and comprehensibility/intelligibility ratings, but also by cross-referencing this data with my participants' social context, i.e., their previous experiences, stereotypes they hold, degree of perceived group membership. I’ve used avatars in some of my studies and will continue using these, alongside with videos, photographs, and differently accented voices.

Dasha Gluhareva - PhD Student, Linguistics

Email: dgluhare@sfu.ca

Luca Cavasso - MA Student, Linguistics

Email: lcavasso@sfu.ca

Former lab member bio: Luca Cavasso has been a MA candidate in the Department of Linguistics at SFU since Fall 2016. They hold a BA in Spanish, in French, and in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and are a research assistant in the lab primarily working on their own thesis project, which explores the utility of speech production in second language phonetic acquisition. Luca is also involved in other lab projects that explore speech perception in adult learners, which reflects their interest in the sounds and sound systems of different languages, how adults perceive sounds in unfamiliar languages, as well as how adults can learn to distinguish sounds in such languages.

Lydia Castro - MA Student, Linguistics

Email: lcastro@sfu.ca

Former lab member bio: Lydia Castro is a current MA candidate in the Department of Linguistics at SFU. She got her BA in Linguistics with Honors from the University of Washington in 2017, and her interests include phonetics, phonology, and signed languages. Lydia is also a member of the Language Learning and Development Lab here at SFU. When she’s not doing linguistics, Lydia enjoys cooking, playing music, gaming with friends, or snuggling her two cats at home.

Simrin Bains - Research Assistant

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in psychology, I am also pursuing the Certificate of Speech Sciences. My research interests include language acquisition, but all aspects of linguistics are super interesting to me! When I'm not studying, I go for hikes and I love being a tourist in my own city!

Erika Korompai - Research Assistant 

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in psychology and linguistics with a certificate in the linguistics of speech science. My areas of interest include second language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and speech rehabilitation. My interests also include cooking and running half marathons

Ashtyn DeBoice - Research Assistant

Former lab member bio: I am an undergrad student completing a major in linguistics and a minor in psychology along with the Certificate of Speech Sciences. Language acquisition and speech rehabilitation are areas that I am most interested in learning more about. During my limited free time, I enjoy tending to my plants and relaxing at the beach.

Anisa Dhanji - Research Assistant

Anisa is currently enrolled in the Professional Development Program at SFU. 

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student here at Simon Fraser University and am currently working towards a double major in Linguistics with a specialization in Speech Science and French. I hope to explore the many sub fields of Linguistics in the future, but my primary focuses are neurolinguistics, particularly phonetics, phonology and pathology. After spending a school year teaching English in France, I have found new interests in first and second language acquisition.

Susanna Firley - Research Assistant

Susanna graduated with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Psychology and is a recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Congratulations Susanna!

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics. My research interests include phonetics, first and second language acquisition and non-verbal communication. Outside of school, I love all things food, animals, music and literature.

Quince Sholberg - Research Assistant

Quince graduated Spring 2019. Congratulations Quince!

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student taking courses in Linguistics and Psychology. My research interests include first language acquisition, communication disorders, developmental psychology, phonetics, and phonology. In the future, I hope to become a speech language pathologist. 

Joanna Xie - Research Assistant

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University doing a Double Major in Linguistics and Education. My research interests include applied linguistics, multilingualism, and TESL/TEAL. In the future, I hope to become a TESL instructor.

 

Charles Turo - Computer & Networking Consultant

 

 

Dahai Zhang - Research Assistant

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student who studying in computational linguistics. My interest is on phonetics, etymology, semantics, philosophy of language and machine translation. In addition to that, history, sociology and literature are also what I like to explore.

 

Michelle Ramsay - Research Assistant (2016-2018)

Michelle hopes to become an SLP in the future, but for now she is excited to enjoy her time as a mother starting at the end of July. Congratulations Michelle! 

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Health Science. I aspire to either become a Speech Language Pathologist or work in Public Health, as I wish to pursue a career where I can help others.

 

Katrina Heinonen - Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Katrina graduated with a major in Linguistics, a minor in health sciences, and a certificate in speech sciences. She is now working full-time in the health field. Congratulations Katrina! 

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Health Science. I aspire to either become a Speech Language Pathologist or work in Public Health, as I wish to pursue a career where I can help others.

Yujin Han - Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Yujin graduated with a BA in Linguistics and a minor in Business. She also has certificates in TESL and the speech sciences. Congratulations Yujin! Post-grad, Yujin is interested in teaching ESL. 

Former lab member bio: I'm an undergrad student at SFU majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Business. My interests are how language works in one's mind and language acquisition and perception. I enjoy exploring different areas of linguistics and hope to continue studying more in depth.

Kelsey Philip - Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Kelsey has graduated with a BA in Linguistics and an extended minor in Psychology as well as a certificate in speech sciences. Congratulations Kelsey! Her plans for the next year are to work and travel to Southeast Asia. She will be applying to the SLP program for Fall 2019. 

Former lab member bio: I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. I am also working on completing a certificate in speech sciences. I hope to move on, in the near future, to be a speech and language pathologist. Therefore, my interests in research are focused on phonetics, phonology, and speech disfluency disorders.

Michelle Le - Research Assistant (2016-2018)

Michelle is now in the Master of Science in Speech Pathology program at the University of British Columbia (Class of 2020). Congratulations, Michelle! 

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. My aspiration is to become a Speech Language Pathologist. My primary interests lie in phonetics, phonology, pathology, and first language acquisition.

Beverly Hannah - MA Candidate, Linguistic (2011-2018)

Beverly started off as a Research Assistant in 2011, and completed her Masters Thesis this year! Congratulations, Beverly! 

Former lab member bio: Email: beverly_hannah@sfu.ca Website: www.sfu.ca/~beverlyw I am interested in the multimodal perception of speech. 

 

Zoe Beukers - Research Assistant

Zoe is now in the Master of Science in Speech Pathology program at the University of British Columbia (Class of 2019). Congratulations, Zoe! 

Former lab member bio: As a recent graduate of SFU's HSCI BA program, I am back to pursue a PBD with a focus on linguistics. I am very excited about this journey as it involves working with the Brain and Language lab where I will be able to gain further insight and experience in phonetic and linguistic research. Equipping me with skills and a perspective that will bring me one step closer to my goal of becoming a speech pathologist. My interests in linguistic research surround studying the deaf and hard of hearing, looking at phonetics, phonology, and the neurolinguistic research associated with language acquisition. Email: zbeukers@me.com

Abner Hernandez - Research Assistant (2015-2017)

Abner is now in the Master of Arts in Linguistics program at Seoul National University (Class of 2019) on a full scholarship from the Korean Government Scholarship Program. Congratulations, Abner!

Former lab member bio: I am an undergraduate student majoring in linguistics and minoring in psychology. My primary interest include phonetics, language perception, acquisition and pathology. I am also very interested in multilingualism and the cognitive factors related to multilingualism.

Eleanor Hendriks

Research Assistant
M.A. English Linguistic Université Paris Diderot Paris 7.

Email: eleahendriks@gmail.com

My research interests include: English spatial markers, information structure, narrative discourse, cohesion, speech prosody and gesture.

I’m passionate about storytelling, polyrhythms, gestures in dance and movement practices.

Katy Thompson

Katy is studying medicine as part of the 2019 entering class of the MD undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia. 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
BA STUDENT, LINGUISTICS

Email: katyt@sfu.ca

 

I am currently an undergraduate planning to major in linguistics. All aspects of this field intrigue me - from language structures to first language acquisition, from neurolinguistics to sociolinguistics. I hope to apply my theoretical knowledge to the Language and Brain Lab, as well as to build on this foundation. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry, playing the piano, and snuggling up with my dog and a good (junk) book.

Eric Hedekar

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
BFA Music, SFU
BSc STUDENT, Computational LINGUISTICS

Email: edh2@sfu.ca

I am an undergraduate student at SFU working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Linguistics.  I have a keen interest in acoustics, phonetics, music, prosody, and big data analysis.

Jennifer Williams

Research Assistant
BA Linguistics & Psychology

Email: jlwillia@sfu.ca

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at the University of British Columbia starting Fall 2016.

My research interests include: first language acquisition, speech disorders, phonology and phonetics. I am in the fourth year of my undergraduate degree; majoring in linguistics with a minor in psychology. I am very excited to be a part of the Language and Brain Lab! I hope to apply the valuable knowledge I gain here to a career in Speech Pathology.

Daniel Chang

Research Assistant
BA Linguistics, SFU
MA Linguistics, SFU
PhD Student, Education

Email: dth7@sfu.ca

I am a PhD student in Education. My research interests include categorical perception of tones (lexical tones and musical tones), second language acquisition, and non-native speech production & perception.

Elysia Saundry (2013-2016)

Research Assistant
BA (Hons.), Linguistics & Psychology

Email: esaundry@sfu.ca

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at the University of Toronto starting Fall 2016.

I am an undergraduate student completing honours in linguistics and an extended minor in psychology. My honours research is examining the interaction between cochlear implant (CI) users and bilingualism. Outside of the lab I love hiking the trails around Greater Vancouver or immersing myself in a good book!

Danielle Weber

Research Assistant
BA English & Linguistics

Email: wiweber@sfu.ca

Hi! I have just graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Arts degree- Major in English, Extended Minor in Linguistics. I also received a Certificate in Speech Sciences and a Certificate in Liberal Arts. Working in the Language and Brain Lab is an exciting opportunity for me as I gain experience for graduate school in Speech Language Pathology.

 

Joy Zhao (2014-2015)

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
BA STUDENT, LINGUISTICS & FRENCH

Email: xiaojiez@sfu.ca

 

I am an undergrad student major in linguistics and minor in French. My particular interests are phonetics and syntax, and I'm also interested in how languages influence or even determine the way people think and live. I am hoping to be helpful and productive in this lab.

Mathieu Dovan (2008-2015)

BA Cognitive Science, SFU
MA Student, Linguistics

IRMACS Centre System Administrator

I am a research assistant for Dr Yue Wang. I am interested psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

Lisa Tang (2013-2014)

Graduate Student, Computing Science

Email: lisat@sfu.ca

I am a graduate student from Computing Science, with studies focusing on medical image analysis methods. My research interests are tracking, image registration, motion analysis, and shape matching.

Ashley Knight (2014-2015)

BA, Psychology & LINGUISTICS

I am an undergraduate student at SFU working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an extended minor in linguistics. My academic interests involve phonetics, language acquisition and anything related to perception, cognition, and the brain. Volunteering for the language and brain lab is a great outlet for the application of our linguistic and psychological knowledge.

Courtney Lawrence (2013-2015)

BA Psychology & Linguistics, SFU

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at the University of British Columbia starting Fall 2015.

Lab Member Profile: I recently graduated from SFU with a BA, majoring in psychology with an extended minor in linguistics. I am planning on pursuing a career in Speech and Language Pathology. I am particularly interested in phonological acquisition, as well as speech production. In May 2014 I received an SFU Vice President Research Undergraduate Student Research Award to continue helping with various research projects in the lab.

Anthony Chor (2012-2014)

BA Linguistics & Psychology, SFU

Lab Member Profile: Currently, I am unsure on where linguistics will take me, but I am working towards audiology.  I enjoy learning about other languages and how they affect our perception of sounds and our abilities to produce them.

Katelyn Eng (2009-2013)

BA Linguistics, SFU
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Student, Linguistics

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at the University of British Columbia starting Fall 2014.

Lab Member Profile: I am a recent graduate, majoring in linguistics and minoring in psychology. My interests include rehabilitation strategies for aphasic patients with traumatic brain injury and stroke. I am also interested in language acquisition and brain plasticity, as well as the relationship between visual communication comprehension and auditory communication comprehension.

Lindsay Leong (Walker) (2010-2013)

BA Speech Sciences, UBC
MA Student, Linguistics

I have a BA in Speech Sciences from UBC and I am currently enrolled in the graduate Linguistics program here at SFU working on my MA.  My research interests are second language learning, perception and pronunciation of second language sounds and how the two domains are linked, and the extent to which first language experience affects second language learning.  When I’m not being a linguist, I like to knit, read and go hiking around the lower mainland with my dog, Mili (that’s her in the picture).

Alyssa Lee (2012-2014)

BA Linguistics, SFU

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at the University of Alberta starting Fall 2014.

Lab Member Profile: I hope to learn more about language perception and disorders. In my spare time I enjoy reading, doing word games (ie. crosswords, scrabble), jogging, and playing the piano.

Jennifer Alexander (2011-2013)

PhD Linguistics, Northwestern University
NSF post-doctoral fellow

Email: jenalex@gmail.com
Website: http://www.sfu.ca/~jaa37

Jennifer Alexander received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA). Her primary research program examines acoustic, perceptual, and articulatory properties of lexical-tone systems (e.g., Mandarin and Thai). A second research program investigates perception and production of pitch by tone-language speakers and musicians. Her current project, which falls under the purview of her primary research program, is in collaboration with Dr. Yue Wang and is funded by the National Science Foundation (US). This project extends a model of second-language (L2) sound-structure perception – the Perceptual Assimilation Model (Best et al., 1988) – to lexical tone systems. Its aim is to evaluate whether and how experience with a tone language affects the organization of non-native tones in perceptual space and how perceptual proximity affects perception of L2 tones.

Parveen Kaila (2012-2014)

BA Linguistics & Psychology, SFU

Lab Member Profile: I am interested in learning how the brain functions in speech production and perception. In the future I hope to complete a MA in speech and language pathology. During my spare time I enjoy watching TV, reading and hanging out with friends.

Roxane Chan (2013-2014)

BA Linguistics, SFU

Lab Member Profile:  I am interested in Second Language Learning and have just completed a TESL certificate. On my spare time, I like to volunteer with adults who are trying to learn English and teach young children on the weekends. When I'm not in school, I like to dance. I recently learned to salsa and have been trying to learn hip hop.

Sonya Gill (2012-2013)

BA Linguistics (Minor Psychology), SFU

Lab Member Profile: I am interested in first and second language acquisition, as well as speech production and perception. I am passionate about helping others as my future plans include completing an MA in Speech and Language Pathology and working with children.

Haisheng Jiang, Lab Coordinator (2013)

PhD Linguistics, SFU

Lab Member Profile: I received my PhD from Simon Fraser University in 2008. I have research interests in second language speech production and perception. I am particularly interested in the interaction between the phonetic systems of bilingual speakers. I am also interested in issues of ESL/EFL pronunciation teaching such as learners’ foreign accented English and its intelligibility, learners’ pronunciation difficulties and training methodology, and ESL/EFL pronunciation curriculum.

Melissa Philley (2012-2013)

BA Linguistics and Psychology, SFU

Speech Language Pathology MSc Program at University of British-Columbia starting Fall 2013

Lab Member Profile: I love learning about the brain and both first and second language acquisition. In my spare time I love to do yoga, try new recipes in the kitchen, and volunteer to help with the rehabilitation of aphasic patients in both group and individual settings. 

Andrea Cepeda (2010-2012)

BA Linguistics, SFU

Lab Member Profile: I am interested in the field of neurolinguistics, especially speech perception and production. Furthermore, I would like to get involved in speech and language pathology, as I find this area of research quite intriguing and stimulating. I am volunteering in the LAB in order to get some experience and widen my horizons in the fascinating world of linguistics.

 

Saya Kawase (2010-2012)

MA Linguistics, SFU

PhD student, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney

Website: http://skawase.wordpress.com/

Completed the MA Linguistics program at SFU. Led The Effects of Visual Information on Perceiving Accented Speech project. Accepted into the PhD program at the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney (starting January 2014)

Lab Member Profile: My research interests are second language speech perception and production. In addition, I became interested in audio-visual speech processing after working on my undergraduate thesis at Waseda University. The project was to examine the effects of audiovisual training on distinguishing tense and lax vowels for Japanese learners of English. Currently, I am examining how visual information affects the perception of foreign accent in collaboration with Dr. Yue Wang.

Xianghua Wu (2008-2012)

PhD Linguistics, SFU

Lecturer, Department of East Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Lab Member Profile: My primary research interest is in the effects of language experience on speech perception and production, in particular, on the perception and production of Mandarin tones. I am also very interested in pitch processing and speech training for non-native speakers. Currently, I am working at Language and Brain Lab (LABLab) on a pitch processing project and am also in charge of the Audio-Visual production project.  Both projects are led by Dr. Yue Wang.

Natalia Stratulat (2011-2012)

Postbaccalaureate Diploma in Linguistics, SFU
TESL certificate, SFU

Chris Lightfoot (2012)

BA Linguistics, SFU
MA TESOL

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at UBC starting Fall 2012

Luke Friesen (2011-2012)

BA Student Linguistics, SFU

Josh Tabish (2012)

BA Linguistics & Communication (Double Major), SFU

Currently Campaigns Coordination at OpenMedia.ca

Nisha Banga (2011-2012)

BA Psychology & Linguistics, SFU

Currently teaching English in Japan with ITTTI Japan Peppy Kids Club

Alison Kumpula (2009-2012)

BA Linguistics, SFU

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at UBC starting Fall 2012

Sam Gamble (2009-2012)

BA Linguistics, SFU

Speech Language Pathology MSc program at UBC starting Fall 2012

Keren Hernandez (2011)

BA Linguistics & Psychology, SFU

Currently working as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in Dawson Creek, BC

Samantha Kim (2011)

BA Linguistics, SFU

Completed the MA Linguistics program at University of Toronto

Angela Cooper (2007-2011)

MA Linguistics, SFU (2010)

Attended the PhD Linguistics Program at Northwestern University. Angela is now a research associate at BEworks in Toronto.
http://akcooper.wordpress.com

David Mesiha (2006-2011)

Composer, Producer and Audio/Video artist in Toronto
http://www.davidmesiha.com

David Potter
MA, Linguistics, SFU (2010)

Currently in PhD Linguistics program at Northwestern University

Catilin Annabale (2010)

Speech Pathology at University of Alberta

Anish Jains (2009)

Evening Hsu (2007)

Megan Buchanan (2007)

Nina Leung (2006)

Nicole Carter (2006)

Anita Petrovic (2010)

Amy Lee (2009)

Stein-Ove Belsby (2007)

Currently in Psychology PhD program at University of Bergan

Inha Park (2006-2007)

Lulu Liang (2006)

Rebecca Simms (2006)

Currently in Occupational Therapy Master's program at University of British Columbia

Chad Danyluck

Megan Davis

Graduate of UBC School of Audiology & Speech Sciences

Jung-Yueh Tu (2007-2009)

Currently in Linguistics PhD program at Indiana University

Haisheng Jiang, PhD Linguistics (2006-2008)

Currently at the Language Training Institute at Simon Fraser University

Tia Rad (2008)

William Zhang (2006-2007)

Simon Lin (2006-2007)

Currently in Law School in University of Alberta

Angela Feehan (2006)

Speech and Hearing Master's program at University of Alberta

Lindsey Shaw (2006)

Lisa Ye

Not Pictured: Elaine Pang, Kristy Stefanucci, Andrea Lalic, Daisy S, Lisa N, Maria Lenart