Bowrnamy has a BSc from the University of Toronto where she studied Health & Disease, Psychology and French. Growing up, she always had a deep fascination for the different languages and cultures of the world, trying to learn as many as she can, including English, Tamil, French, Spanish, Pashto and Portuguese. Her passion for learning also translates to the sciences, especially the biological and psychological mechanisms of child development. She hopes to use her love for children and background in cognitive development to improve current school curriculums in ways that accommodate children of all abilities. In her spare time, Bowrnamy loves to take and edit photos, create music, play sports and spend time with her family.
After a long career of thumb sucking, Brianna decided to pursue her interest in science. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2017, with a B.Sc. Biochemistry (Co-op) degree and a minor in Psychology: Brain & Cognition. She worked in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph as a Research Assistant and has several publications. Brianna discovered her interest in Speech-Language Pathology by volunteering with multiple group programs for preschool children with language and communication disorders. Brianna is now in her first year of the MHSc Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Toronto, and aspires to continue working with children as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Claire is a Speech-Language Pathology student at the University of Toronto. She completed her Master’s level research training in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. Claire aspires to become a clinician-researcher working with the neonatal/paediatric population. Shaped by her experiences growing up trilingual in Montreal and working in infant language research, her interests currently reside in early multilingual speech development and perception.
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Gabriel completed a B.Sc in Neuroscience and French Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2020. His research interests are centred around finding the links between language, genetics, brain connectivity and developmental disorders. Currently pursuing a M.Sc in the Neuroscience Department at McGill University, Gabriel combines various research methods including EEG, fMRI and genetic sampling to better characterize language deficits in infants with autism. At the BAM lab, he collaborated on a project that uses EEG recordings and heart rates to explore auditory attention. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys playing music and petting cute doggos.
Hayley is a clinical master’s student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at U of T. She is a graduate of McGill University where she studied Linguistics and Psychology. Living in the bilingual city of Montreal is where her curiosity and excitement for multilingualism flourished. Her research interests include understanding how the characterization of communication disorders and other pathologies differ in monolingual and bilinguals and how this can affect clinical intervention. Hayley's undergraduate honours thesis investigated the morphosyntax of bilingual and monolingual children with developmental language disorder (DLD), to assess whether cross-linguistic influence could benefit a child with DLD.
Jayme is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a BA in Psychology, Linguistics and Practical Spanish. Jayme has always had a strong interest in language. This started with a desire to learn a second language and continued on into the field of Speech-Language Pathology after volunteering with a local Speech Pathologist prior to starting her undergraduate degree. She spent her years at Western studying Spanish, taking advantage of various study abroad opportunities, and continuing to nurture her love of Speech-Language Pathology. Jayme is now in the MHSc Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Toronto, and hopes to expand her knowledge in the field of multilingual language development.
Lindsay completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics at McGill University, and completed her Master’s degree at the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain, and Language. Her Master’s research focused on the factors influencing interlingual competition and interference in bilinguals, and she continues to be interested in this topic, in addition to an interest in cognitive differences between bilinguals and monolinguals. In her free time, Lindsay loves hiking, pursuing various creative hobbies, and finding time to practice her own L2s, Spanish and German.
Qadriy has a BSc from the University of Toronto where she studied Health & Disease, Nutritional Sciences and Spanish. She has always had a passion for language and its interplay with neurological development in children. In the lab, Qadriy is assisted with the Online Literacy Study and the auditory attention systematic review. Qadriy looks forward to pursuing a medical career and hopes to become a paediatrician. When she is not working on her studies, you can usually find Qadriy cooking Afghan dishes, writing poetry, and spending time with family and friends.
Shumira has a BA from the University of Toronto in Cognitive Science (Language and Cognition) and Linguistics. Being born and raised in the linguistically diverse city of Toronto, Shumira is particularly interested in the cognitive development of multilingual children. She is also very interested in communication disorders and hopes to conduct research on the effects of multilingualism on children with developmental disorders. She aspires to obtain a graduate degree in speech-language pathology and further practice speech-language pathology. When she isn't pursuing her research interests, Shumira loves walking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.