Research Assistants

Danielle Brady

Danielle is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Linguistics and a Certificate in Speech Sciences. She loves all areas of linguistics, especially phonology and morphology. Volunteering with Fraser Health at an outpatient rehabilitation facility, she helps Speech-Language Pathologists who work with patients recovering from strokes, heart attacks, or accidents. After graduating with her BA, she hopes to pursue an MA in Linguistics before going to graduate school for SLP. Her main hobby is writing music and performing at open mics.

Jiyun (Daisy) Choi

Daisy is an undergraduate student with a major in Linguistics, French, and Certificate in Speech Sciences. Daisy is currently finishing the last few prerequisite courses for graduate school, where she hopes to pursue a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Daisy can also be found working as an RA in the LangDev lab. In the meantime, you can find her gaming, crafting the perfect playlists on Spotify, and escaping into sci-fi and fantasy worlds!

Sahibnoor Dhami

Sahibnoor is an undergraduate student at SFU pursuing a major in Linguistics and an extended minor in Psychology. After completing her BA, she hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is interested in first and second language acquisition. In her free time, she enjoys reading and baking.

Gillian Eggeling

Gillian is an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Linguistics, a minor in Learning and Developmental Disabilities Education, and a Certificate in Speech Sciences. She is interested how language disorders impact communication. Outside of SFU, she volunteers with March of Dimes as a facilitator for conversations with participants with Aphasia. Once she has finished her BA, she will pursue a Masters of Science in Speech-Langauge Pathology. In her free time she loves to listen to music and play guitar.

Tabatha Mason

Tabatha is an undergraduate student studying Linguistics with minors in French and Learning and Developmental Disabilities, and a certificate in Speech Sciences. She is interested in bilingualism, language acquisition, and aphasia. In her free time, Tabatha enjoys volunteering, participating in student clubs and going to karaoke. After her undergraduate degree, Tabatha has plans to pursue a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Chelsea Riebesehl McGarvie

Chelsea is an undergraduate student at SFU pursuing a major in Linguistics, with minors in Gerontology and History. She is interested in language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and Indigenous language revitalization, and intends to pursue further education in Linguistics after graduation. In her free time, she can be found reading alongside her cats, jogging outdoors, or enjoying a trivia night.

Elizabeth Alvarez Alfaro

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Education in teaching English from Universidad Católica de Costa Rica and a Masters in Teaching Spanish from CIESE-Comillas, UCantabria in Spain. She returned to university in pursuit of a post-baccalaureate Diploma in Linguistics and a Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science at SFU. She is very interested in bilingualism, first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, language education, educational resources and communication disorders. Outside the lab, she enjoys writing stories for children, doing storytelling and Spanish language heritage family workshops. She also loves dancing with her two daughters and relaxing with her hubby. Following her graduation, she aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Josh Thompson

Josh is an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Linguistics. He is interested in phonology, syntax, and sociolinguistics. After he completes his BA, he plans on going to grad school to continue his education in Linguistics. Outside of school, he enjoys golfing, spending time with his dog, and watching stand-up specials. 

Marina Van Woudenberg

Marina is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Linguistics and English with a minor of Psychology. She is interested in speech aphasia, speech acquisition and sociolinguistics. After completing her undergraduate degree, Marina plans to pursue a MSc in Speech-Language Pathology. Outside of SFU, Marina enjoys writing, creating art, and spending time with her cat.

Sydney Walton

Sydney is an undergraduate student at SFU majoring in Cognitive Science, minoring in Learning and Developmental Disabilities, and pursuing the Speech Science certificate. Interested in psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and language development, he intends to pursue Speech-Language Pathology once he finishes his BA degree. His focus is on speech and communication development in children with autism due to his years of working in special education. Outside of linguistics and classroom work, he is typically hiking, reading, or playing video games.