Volunteers




Christine Muscat

Christine completed her Honours BSc. at the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Psychology and a Major in Neuroscience. Her honours thesis investigated the longitudinal cognitive, behavioural and academic outcomes in children born very preterm. She is currently a graduate student completing her MHSc. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. In the fall, she will be starting an Msc. in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto with the hopes to pursue a PhD and work as a clinician-scientist. In the BAM lab, she is working on a project investigating sound-shape correspondents in monolingual and bilingual 12-month-old infants. Additionally, she is working on an online study investigating voice familiarity and spoken language processing in monolingual and bilingual adults. Her research interests include atypical speech and language development of children with developmental disorders and acquired brain injuries.

Maya Aharon

Maya is currently in the Speech-Language Pathology MHSc program at the University of Toronto. She completed her B.A. at McGill University in Honours Psychology with a minor in Linguistics. Her thesis focused on how bilingualism plays a role in our ability to learn syntactic patterns in language acquisition. Currently, she is interested in how bilingualism/multilingualism may impact the presentation of communication disorders and how we can improve our current practices for culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. Maya is currently developing a survey with the BAM Lab investigating the cultural and linguistic profile, practices and barriers of Canadian Speech-Language Pathologists working with culturally and linguistically diverse children. Outside of school, Maya enjoys taking her dog on long walks, cooking new foods and hosting game nights.

Sharmigaa Ragunathan

Sharmigaa Ragunathan obtained her master's degree in School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), UofT. She received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree, with a double major in Psychology and Linguistics, at UTSC. In terms of research, her master’s thesis focused on the role of development, phoneme position and first language typology on second language spelling accuracy in elementary school English Language Learners coming from different home language backgrounds. In her spare time, Sharmigaa enjoys photography, writing poetry, trying new foods, and drinking Mocha Iced Capp.

Yash Sharma

Yash is in the final year of his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto St. George and is pursuing a Neuroscience Specialist along with a double minor in Immunology and Bioethics. As someone who grew up in a multilingual household, the relationship between language acquisition and neural cognition has always fascinated him. In terms of research, Yash is particularly interested in the use for neural stem cells in treating neurodegenerative diseases and the affect of bilingualism on neural pathways. After completion of his undergraduate degree, Yash hopes to pursue a career in regenerative neurobiology and further understand the cellular mechanisms of injury and repair in the nervous system. Outside of academic and lab work, you can normally find Yash listening to music, skiing or enjoying walks with his dog!

Zanib Sarwar

Zanib graduated from the University of Toronto in 2022 with a Honors BSc studying Neuroscience and Molecular Biology and Disease Sciences and Psychology. From a very young age, she has been exposed to a Canadian and South Asian culture which has only furthered her interest and intrigue in contributing to the healthcare system, especially to overlooked communities and populations. Even before entering the academic life of university, she have been amazed by the innovative capacity of the human brain and hopes to pursue a career in medicine in her future.