People in the lab




Principal Investigators


Marc Joanisse, Ph.D.

Marc has been at Western since 2000, studying the cognitive and brain bases of language and reading. His research emphasizes the importance of studying multiple aspects of language ability, in a variety of populations, using a range of techniques. This includes studing phonology, reading and grammar abilities in adults and children, using everything from traditional behavioural techniques to eyetracking and neuroimaging.  
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Lisa Archibald, Ph.D.

Lisa is a professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Durham in the UK, where she studied working memory and language disorders in children. Her research examines nonword repetition as a marker of short term memory and language skills in children and adults.
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, Ph.D

Christina is a BMI postdoctoral fellow working with Jessica Grahn and Marc Joanisse to examine how children with and without dyslexia entrain to speech and song. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There, her research examined how music and language are processed throughout the lifespan, with a particular focus on the acoustic characteristics that differentiate speech and song. She also examined auditory scene processing in childhood by characterizing factors involved in change deafness, the auditory analogue of change blindness.


Graduate Students

Emily Nichols 

Emily is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Psychology, investigating the bilingual brain. She uses ERPs, fMRI, and DTI to examine the functional and structural correlates of second language acquisition and processing. She obtained her M.Sc. in psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and her B.Sc. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University.
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Nicolette Noonan 

Nicolette is a third year Ph.D. student in Psychology investigating statistical language learning. Her research is interested in whether statistical language learning involves language-specific or domain-general contributions. Part of her research focuses on what differentiates a typical language learner from someone with a language learning impairment, and how abilities in statistical learning may contribute to these differences. Her work uses behavioural measures and ERPs to exam behavioural and neural correlates of language learning.

Alex Cross 

Alex is a second year student in the combined M.Cl.Sc. and Ph.D. program in Speech-Language Pathology, studying reading and language impairments in children. She uses behavioural methods, eyetracking, and MRI to examine reading and language development and response to intervention. She completed her M.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and her B.Sc.H. in Psychology at Queen's University.


Joe Nidel 

Joe is a second year MSc student in Psychology, studying reading comprehension differences between monolinguals and bi-/multilinguals. He is interested in how differences in ease-of-reading (e.g., font and linguistic fluency v. disfluency) affect processing within and between speakers of varying linguistic backgrounds. Additionally, he has an interest in affective differences between mono- and bi-/multilinguals. Joe received his BA in Psychology from Youngstown State University.


Honours Students


Alexandria Thornton

Allie is a fourth year student doing an Honours Specialization in Psychology and a Minor in Linguistics. She is currently completing her undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Marc Joanisse, examining brain correlates of reading comprehension skills in children.

Scholar's Electives Student


Jessica Lammert

Jessica is a second year student in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. She is currently studying how to improve reading speed as part of her Scholar's Electives project. In the future, Jessica hopes to pursue a career in researching and treating reading impairment.

Research Assistants


Stephanie Hosang

Stephanie Hosang is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Marc Joanisse. She recently completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University. In her undergraduate career, she worked under Dr. Matthew Heath to investigate the processing of tactile information via perception- and action-based streams.

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