Past Members

Brianna Guild

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.

Brittany McCaig

Brittany is a Speech-Language Pathologist currently working with both adult and child populations. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology program. She also completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton University in Linguistics and Discourse studies. She has always had a passion for helping others and a special interest in child development. When she is not working you can find her spending time with friends and family, baking or reading!

Claire Liu

Claire is a first year 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.

Hayley Ostrega

Hayley is a clinical master’s student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at U of T. She is a recent graduate from McGill University in 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 crosslinguistic influence could benefit a child with DLD.

Jayme Porter

Jayme graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree, double major in Psychology and Linguistics and a certificate in 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 her first year of the MHSc Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Toronto, and hopes to expand her knowledge in the field of multilingual language development.