Research Team

LWM Group


Lisa Archibald, PhD - Principal Investigator

Lisa is an assistant 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 individual differences in working memory and linguistic skills, and how these link to communication disorders.


Marc Joannise, PhD - Collaborator

Marc is an associate professor in Psychology at Western studying the cognitive adn brain bases of language and reading.


Daniel Ansari, PhD - Collaborator

Daniel is an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychology at Western studying numeracy development.


Janis Oram Cardy, PhD - Collaborator

Janis is an assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western studying basic neural and genetic markers of language ability and disability in children.

Lab Members


Allison Partridge

Allison is a second year Masters student in the Health and Aging field at Western. She completed an undergraduate Honors Specialization degree in Psychology also at Western. Currently, she is exploring the ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ phenomenon in younger and older adults through a word recall task.


Alexandra Smith

Alexandra is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program here at Western. She is currently working on her thesis project, which will investigate the potential of working memory impairment in children who stutter.


Laura Pauls

Laura is a PhD student in Speech and Language Sciences. She most recently completed a clinical masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Western. Her research focuses on intervention for children with working memory and/or language impairment.


Nicolette Noonan

Nicolette is a first year Masters student in the Speech and Language Sciences field. She most recently completed an undergraduate Honours Specialization degree in Psychology at Western. Currently, Nicolette is exploring the role of working memory in statistical language learning.

Areej Balilah

Areej is a PhD student in Speech and Language Science. She obtained her Master's degree in Speech and Language Science from University of Western Ontario. Areej's research will examine linguistic and cognitive assessment for monolingual vs. bilingual children with and without language impairment.

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