Lisa Archibald, PhD

Professor and Director

Room 02597, EC
519 661-2111 x82753
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  • PhD (Durham, UK)
  • MHSc (Toronto)
  • BSc (Brock)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health & Rehabiliation Sciences MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Lisa Archibald's research focuses on three interconnected themes: (1) to further our understanding of the memory and learning mechanisms that support the human ability to learn, process, and use a linguistic system of communication, (2) to understand how best to identify children with a language learning impairment and mobilize this knowledge, and (3) to implement and provide evidence for effective clinical practice through collaborative research partnerships.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Pham, T., Bardell, T., Vollebregt, M., Kuiack, A., & Archibald, L.M.D. (2022). Evaluating the modified-shortened token test as a working memory and language assessment tool. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research,
  • Pauls*, L.J., & Archibald, L.M.D. (2021). Cognitive and linguistic effects of narrative-based language intervention in children with DLD. Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, 6, 1-19.
  • Archibald, L.M.D. (2017). SLP-educator classroom collaboration: A review to inform reason-based practice. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 2, 1-17.
  • Archibald, L.M.D. (2017). Working memory and language learning: A review. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 33, 5-17.
  • Archibald, L.M.D., Oram-Cardy, J., Joanisse, M.F., & Ansari, D. (2013). Language, reading, and math learning profiles in a school age epidemiological sample. PLoS ONE, 8(10): e77463. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077463.
  • Archibald, L.M.D. & Joanisse, M.F. (2009). On the sensitivity and specificity of nonword repetition and sentence recall to language and memory impairments in children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52, 899-914.
  • Archibald, L.M.D. & Gathercole, S.E. (2006). Short-term and working memory in children with Specific Language Impairments. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 41, 675-693.

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Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Archibald, L. (2022-2027). Getting it right: Enhancing extracurricular reading programs. SSHRC Insight. $369,422.
  • Archibald, L. (2021-2026). Determining the cognitive, linguistic, and input features influencing oral language processing. NSERC Discovery. $140,000
  • Archibald, L. (2020-2021). Disciplinary crossroads in identifying Developmental Language Disorder. SSHRC Connection. $47,284.
  • Archibald, L. (2018-2021). Collaboration knowledge generation: A new research model targeting language and literacy learning in primary school children. SSHRC Partnership Development. $177,676.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Department of Psychology
  • Language and Working Memory Lab
  • Language, Reading and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Media Highlights

Professional Activities

  • Member, International Committee