A graduate from UTSC’s Psycholinguistics Specialist program (Honours, B.A in Psycholinguistics, Specialist and Minor in Psychology, 2018), Insiya is especially interested in facilitating the development of culturally-effective speech-language and literacy assessment and therapy tools. Conversant in multiple languages (including Urdu, Swahili, Gujrati and Farsi), Insiya is passionate about contributing to the research field of multi-literacy and language-specific research – one of the many reasons why she enjoys her work as an MSc student at the Multilingual Development Lab. Her MSc project focuses on the Predictors of Reading Development and Difficulty in Bilingual Urdu-English Canadian Children. Favourite volunteer opportunity? – Helping to set-up a speech clinic in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania for Swahili-English bilingual children! Insiya hopes to pursue further doctoral studies in SLP, while continuing to explore her passion for speech-language research (and further travelling!). Favourite hobby? Drinking tea and skiing (but not at the same time!).
Kai Ian Leung
Kai Ian Leung is a second-year Masters of Science student in the Speech-Language Pathology stream at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto. She graduated from U of T (St. George Campus) in 2019 with an undergraduate in Linguistics and Psychology and a minor in Asian Cultures and Literatures. She was the Work-Study Research Assistant for the Voices Project at the BAM Development Lab, and a volunteer for the Tweety Project. After graduation, she hopes to pursue further graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology. Her current project is a collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children on the topic of paediatric stroke and the effect of language exposure affecting recovery of language and cognition. Her research interests lie in multilingualism and child language research. Fun fact - Kai has been speaking and learning 5 languages from elementary school, including Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Spanish and most recently Japanese.
Wenfu Bao is a Ph.D. student in Speech-Language Pathology and Neuroscience at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto. He earned his M.Sc. in Linguistics at the University of Alberta, where his thesis explored novel word learning in adults from different language backgrounds. Wenfu is interested in examining the cognitive and neural development in bilinguals across the lifespan through different techniques, such as EEG, eye-tracking and heart rate. His research project focuses on the neural and physiological correlates of attention allocation in auditory processing among monolinguals and bilinguals. Outside of the lab, Wenfu is involved in a project which develops a test of higher order language assessment.